Panic attacks are sudden attacks of intense anxiety and fear. The symptoms are very alarming, such as palpitations, shortness of breath, and some other underlying emotions that can put you in a state of losing control. Panic attacks are mostly triggered by stressful events that occur unexpectedly, and normally last for about five to twenty minutes.
Panic Attacks: How They Happen
An automatic response to fear is mostly generated by the body. This response is enough to prepare for the attack, whether you choose to cope with it or run away. Overreactions or hyper-stimulations of this ‘fight or flight phenomenon’ can cause panic attacks. When these happen, the nervous system overreacts. The fake responses of the body will then cause very alarming physical symptoms.
If you have repeated panic attacks, you will need a professional diagnosis that will then lead to the identification of panic disorders. Ironically, the knowledge of its existence almost always escalates the level of anxiety, tension, and depression within you. On the upside, however, you will be more concerned about having recurring panic attacks, thus keeping away from places where you believe they might be triggered. Panic attacks are normally associated with anxiety disorders.
Panic attacks are more common than we think. More than thirty-five percent of the general population has experienced annual panic attacks. Studies also show that women are more prone to such panic attacks than men. Additionally, menopausal women have more of these, compared with women in other developmental stages.
About two percent of the general population may experience panic disorder. Panic disorders normally happen to a person from his twenties to his mid-thirties, and is hereditary; so you are at risk of suffering from one if one of your parents is diagnosed with it. Moreover, the possibilities are greatly increased in persons whose parents are diagnosed with bipolar disorders or chronic depressions.
The causes of panic attacks are broad and still vague. But, then, experts have pointed out that the potential drivers of panic attacks include histories of panic disorders, imbalances of neurotransmitters in the brain, continuous generations of thoughts that increase anxiety or stress, and unresolved psychological problems and issues.
Most panic attacks occur from stressful situations, yet, they also happen without apparent triggering factors. Panic attacks can be dangerous and sometimes even fatal if they are not properly treated. Patients who have these problems should make it a point to seek the right medications from doctors and medical professionals.
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