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Monday, August 30, 2010

What is a Panic Attack?

Panic attack is an anxiety condition that first appears in adolescence or early adulthood. One in 75 persons may experience this condition. There seems to be a connection with major life transitions that are stressful such as graduating from college, getting married, getting divorced, having a first child and so on in the development of panic attacks.

Panic Attack is a sudden surge of overwhelming fear (out of proportion) that comes without warning or obvious reason. it is far more intense that being "stressed out" that most people experience. Symptoms include:
-Racing heartbeat
-Difficulty breathing
-Terror that is almost paralyzing
-Dizziness, hotheadedness or nausea
-Trembling, sweating, shaking
-Choking or chest pain
-Hot flashes or sudden chills
-Tingling of fingers and toes
-Fear that you are going to go crazy or are about to die

A Panic Attack is not dangerous but can be terrifying. Panic Attack if not treated can lead to phobias, substance abuse, depression, medical complication and even suicide.

Psychotherapy is highly effective in treating Panic Attack. If you or someone you know ifs struggling with Panic Attacks or anxiety, give us a call at 386.736.9165 to schedule an appointment

For more information about this article go to http://www.apa.org/
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