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Panic Attacks

 

Overview

Panic attacks are sudden episodes of mounting anxiety, intense fear, and arousal giving rise to a variety of anxiety and phobia symptoms. The panic attacks do not need a trigger and can start abruptly.

 

Causes

It has been suggested that panic attacks may be linked to a hereditary cause. Studies reveal that deficiencies of certain minerals (like zinc and magnesium) may also play a role in panic attacks. People who develop this problem are likely to have a history of anxiety related body sensations like brief chest pains. Some sort of physical or emotional abuse can be a cause in developing panic attacks. Post traumatic stress disorder and withdrawal from drug abuse may also cause panic attacks. Certain medical conditions like hypoglycemia and hyperthyroidism may also cause panic attacks in some people.

 

Symptoms

The symptoms of panic attacks may manifest in various forms like a racing or pounding heart (palpitations), chest pain, stomach upset, dizziness and lightheadedness with nausea. A person may feel suffocated or smothered and experience difficulty in breathing. The person may feel that something unimaginably horrible is about to occur and there is a feeling of being powerless. The person could also experience shaking, trembling, a choking feeling, hot flushes and chills. Tingling and numbness in the hands, a feeling as if detached from surroundings and going through crazy emotions can be associated with a panic attack. Fear of dying could be another symptom of a panic attack. Panic attacks usually begin abruptly with rapid heartbeat and hyperventilation or shortness of breath.

 

Diagnosis

A doctor takes into account the past medical history, especially if there are any signs of mental illness or emotional turmoil. The doctor may explore whether the person suffering with panic attacks has a specific or general anxiety disorder and/or any phobias. The doctor may also enquire about family history.

 

Treatment

Various complementary and alternative therapies can help improve the symptoms and treat the condition. Advice should be sought from a qualified practitioner for treatment options.



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