Have you ever experienced sudden attacks of fears that last for several minutes? In these situations, you may not be able to think about anything else or continue your work. If so, you may have a condition called panic disorder. Have you ever heard about panic disorder? Let’s check.
Check your symptoms
Many people just experience panic attacks once or twice in their lifetimes. Panic attacks can be shocking. When a panic attack comes, you may lose your control and may not be able to think or breathe. You may feel extremely anxious when there is no real danger. The symptoms may disappear when the traumatic or stressful event goes away.
Some people even have strong physical reaction to panic attacks such as a feeling of a heart attack.
You may have these symptoms if you have panic disorder:
- You suddenly and repeatedly experience attacks of fear and anxiety. These feelings are usually overwhelming.
- You sometimes feel like you are losing control. You have fear of death and doom.
- Physical symptoms during a panic attack, such as a pounding or racing heart, sweating, chills, trembling, breathing problems, weakness or dizziness, tingly or numb hands, chest pain, stomach pain, and nausea.
- You worry that the next attack may happen to you.
- You do not want to be in the place where you have suffered the previous attack.
- You may think that your panic attack is associated with what you were doing or thinking when it happened.
When a panic attack comes, you may also have some physical symptoms:
- Your heart beats faster
- You have cold sweat
- You have chills and breathing problems
- You suffer chest and stomach pain
- You experience weakness and dizziness
- Your hands are numbed
If you experience fears and anxiety too often and the fears are overwhelming, you may be diagnosed with panic disorder. However, experiencing unprovoked fears does not mean that you have the condition.
How to treat panic disorder?
Panic disorder is treatable. If you think you have panic attacks, go to a doctor. Early treatment can help you overcome the condition and prevent the disease from getting worse. Treatment can include psychotherapy and medications. Also, if you have unprovoked fears, you can talk to the doctor. The doctor can help you determine if you have panic disorder. If you have the disease, treatment can be applied as soon as possible. If you do not have the disease, doctor can prevent it from happening.
Remember, you should adjust your lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle can help you fight negative feelings and reduce unprovoked fears. Eat healthy, do exercise, get enough sleep, and talk to trusted people can help. Do not let your life become stressful.
You may sometimes feel anxious, depressed, and scared of some things in life. That is normal and requires no treatment. However, when it comes to panic disorder, if you leave it untreated, you may have some mental problems that can affect your work, school, and social life.
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Review Date: March 8, 2017 | Last Modified: March 7, 2017
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