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Recognizing A Panic Attack

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Panic attacks are scary things. It might be your first, or it might be your hundredth. Each time is scary because you may not know what is happening. Could this be the time you’re having a heart attack? Or dying? This is often the fear of someone having a panic attack. Many people with co-occurring anxiety disorders have panic attacks. Continue reading to learn more.  

What is a panic attack?

“Sudden and repeated attacks of fear that last for several minutes or longer” are called panic attacks (National Institute of Health). “Panic attacks are characterized by a fear of disaster or of losing control even when there is no real danger. A person may also have a strong physical reaction during a panic attack.” It’s important to note that a panic attack may not look the same for everyone. This doesn’t make your panic attack any less.   

What are the symptoms of a panic attack?

Symptoms of a panic attack can vary from person to person, but there are some common symptoms that many people have when experiencing a panic attack. Here are some common symptoms of a panic attack, according to the National Institute of Health:  

  • Pounding or racing heart
  • Sweating 
  • Chills
  • Trembling
  • Breathing problems
  • Weakness or dizziness
  • Tingly or numb hands
  • Chest pain
  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea


How can panic attacks be treated?

Panic attacks can be treated by a few different means. Psychotherapy is a big component of treating panic attacks. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is essential in treating panic attacks as well. CBT helps you think differently, giving you the tools you need to help calm your thoughts so things do not escalate to a panic attack. You can also learn how to deal with the panic attack when it is occurring so that you can lessen the symptoms. In some cases, medication can also be helpful for those dealing with intense panic attacks.   

Arbor Behavioral Healthcare is here to help you during this tough time of figuring out your panic attacks. We know it can be frustrating and scary. We’re here to help you with your anxiety and addiction. Call us today at 844-413-2690. We cannot wait to speak with you and help get you started with us today. Call now. You won’t be disappointed.