Panic Disorder

If you experience intense, seemingly out of the blue panic attacks and are now worried about having more, you may be struggling with Panic Disorder

The three most common fears expressed by people who have panic disorder are:

·       fear of dying

·       fear of going crazy

·       fear of losing control

Panic attacks occur unexpectedly and can even occur during sleep.

A panic attack is a sudden and intense fear or discomfort which reaches its peak within 10 minutes and can include the following symptoms:

·       pounding heart, palpitations or accelerated heart rate

·       sweating

·       trembling or shaking

·       sensations of shortness of breath or smothering

·       feelings of choking

·       chest pain or discomfort

·       nausea or abdominal distress

·       feeling dizzy, unsteady, lightheaded or faint

·       derealization (feelings of unreality) or depersonalization (being detached from oneself)

·       fear of losing control or going crazy

·       fear of dying

·       numbness or tingling sensations

·       chills or hot flushes

Many of the symptoms of panic attacks can look like those of physical illnesses such as heart disease, breathing and thyroid problems. Because of this, people who have panic attacks often go to the emergency room because they think they are suffering from a life-threatening illness.  If you have experienced regular panic attacks it is important to rule out illness that may cause panic like symptoms.