Panic Disorder is an anxiety disorder characterized by recurrent unexpected Panic Attacks. Approximately 6 million adults worldwide experience Panic Disorder. A panic attack is an abrupt surge of intense fear or intense discomfort that reaches a peak within minutes. Because panic attacks are sudden and abrupt, there is not always a clear reason why a panic attack may occur. Some people may only experience one attack in their life and some people may have multiple panic attacks spread throughout their lifetime
Symptoms of Panic Attacks
Palpitations, pounding heart or accelerated heart rate
Sweating, trembling, or shaking
Shortness of breath and/or difficulty catching your breath
Feeling like you are choking
Chest pain or discomfort
Nausea or abdominal distress.
Feeling dizzy, light-headed or faint
Numbness or tingling sensations in your body
Behaviors or acts are aimed at preventing or reducing distress or preventing some dreaded event.
Fear that you are losing control or “going crazy”
Fear of dying
Feelings of unreality (derealization) or feeling like you are detached from your body (depersonalization)
Because of the severity of anxiety and panic attack symptoms, people will often go to great lengths to avoid having to experience panic attacks again.
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