Panic disorder causes sudden overwhelming feelings of fear. It creates a feeling of breathlessness and loss of control called a panic attack. These panic attacks often last ten to 20 minutes and can seemingly come at random. Panic disorder is defined as multiple experiences of panic attacks like this. This disorder can be a diagnosis on its own or be connected to other anxiety disorders.
Panic attacks are sudden episodes of intense fear that trigger physical reactions like a pounding heart, fast breathing and sweating when there is no apparent danger or cause. Panic attacks are usually associated with the feelings of approaching doom. You might feel like you are losing control or going crazy, having a heart attack or even feel like you are dying.
Panic attacks are part of panic disorder. They are typically characterised by the following:
- Increased heart rate
- Shortness of breathing
- Choking sensation
- Chest pain
- Feeling light-headed
- Numbness or tingling
- Chills or fever
- Disconnection from environment
- The feeling of lost control
- Feeling like you might die
Each person has a unique experience and every panic attack can be perceived differently so remember that nothing is set in stone. The best way to find out if you’re suffering from panic attacks is to talk with a professional about your feelings.
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