Panic Attacks

What is a Panic Attack?

A panic attack (or sometimes referred to as an ‘anxiety attack’) is the sudden onset of an intense rush of anxiety, usually reaching a peak within ten-thirty minutes. A panic attack is usually associated with the quick onset of a host of physical anxiety symptoms such as heart racing, sweating, being short of breathe, dizzy, shaking as well as other symptoms such as blurry vision or sensations of derealisation.

Panic attacks in and of themselves are relatively common, with estimates of around one third of the population experiencing a panic attack at some stage of their life. However, when panic attacks occur more frequently, and an individual is fearful of having another panic attack then Panic Disorder can develop.

Symptom Checklist

Signs of Panic Disorder include

  • Frequently experiencing panic attacks
  • Fear of having another panic attack
  • Avoiding places or situations in case of panic attacks
  • Changing your behaviours to avoid sensations similar to those experienced during a panic attack
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