What is it?
A panic attack is an intense episode of sudden fear, which causes the physical sensations of fear. In some cases, you may mistake the symptoms of a panic attack with a heart attack. A panic attack can last from a few minutes to half an hour. People with a panic disorder have recurrent panic attacks and have an overwhelming fear of experiencing another panic attack.
What are the symptoms?
A panic attack can occur suddenly and without warning. Its symptoms may come on gradually and peak after about ten minutes. They may include one or more of the following:
- Chest pain.
- Difficulty swallowing.
- Difficulty breathing.
- Shortness of breath.
- Rapid heartbeat.
- Feeling faint.
- Hot flashes.
- Stomach pain.
- Tingling or numbness.
- Feeling that death is imminent.
In some cases, you may develop an overwhelming fear of experiencing another panic attack. This may be a sign that you’ve developed a panic disorder.
What to expect?
If you are diagnosed with a panic disorder, you can try the following things at home in addition to treatment by your doctor:
- Stick to to a well balanced, healthy diet.
- Try to exercise regularly.
- Try to get enough sleep.
- Don’t use any drugs or alcohol.