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One of the main problems faced by someone who suffers panic attacks is not making the decision to go to see someone about their attacks, but panicking before, leading up to, and maybe even about, attending the appointment.
Rapid breathing, trembling, chest pains, sweating, a choking sensation, hot or cold flushes and numbness in the hands, feet or other body parts are a few of the terrifying symptoms of a panic attack. Not only are the physical symptoms of a panic attack unpleasant, they can also be accompanied by thoughts of fear and terror. Sometimes, panic attack symptoms can be so intense they can even make you feel like you are having a heart attack.
One in ten of us will experience a panic attack at some point, with many going on to develop their panic into a long lasting disorder that will cause them much distress, even fears about dying or going mad. Experts believe panic attacks are the result of a ‘fight or flight’ response in which the body is flooded with the stress hormone adrenaline, which increases the heart rate and blood pressure. Whilst this can be useful during times of real danger, in panic attack, the onset is abrupt and with no obvious trigger.
The first thing to do is identify and understanding the nature of the problem. What was it that caused you to begin having panic attacks? How did your subconscious interpret the threat and what pattern matches did it lay down that you keep referring too when something similar happens again? It's about understanding the problem, and stating it, as it is, not worse than it is. This helps to make the the problem smaller in your own head, and gives you less to do in overcoming your panic attack.
I think I'm going to die, or that I'm having a heart attack
This is a very common fear and with good reason. When your heart is racing, you can quickly become disorientated, you can also be breathing far too rapidly, sometimes called hyperventilating, which leads to low carbon dioxide levels in the blood. Panic attacks are all about being out of balance, internally in the muscles, organs and blood; emotionally, or the way you feel; mentally, or the way you are thinking and reasoning; physically, in the way your body reacts; and externally, in the way you behave.
Everyone experiences feelings of anxiety and panic at certain times during their lifetime. Panic disorder, affecting around 1% of the population, is where you have recurring and regular panic attacks, often for no obvious reason. However, although panic attacks can be very frightening and intense, they are not dangerous. Panic attacks are approximately twice as common in women as they are in men.
People with panic attacks eventually start to fear the next attack and will often adopt some strange (to others) coping strategies. The sense of panic is increased because the cycle of panic seems unstoppable. However, each attack will normally only last for 5 - 20 minutes, peaking at the 5 - 10 minute mark, but those 20 mins will seem like forever, and it's not unusual for some feelings of panic, or unease, to last up to an hour or more, following the original crescendo.
Panic creates a sense of detachment or depersonalisation, making the experience even more confusing and disorientating. If any of this rings true for you and you want to explore ways to help control your panic, please use the email below.