A panic attack is an intense wave of fear that comes over a person, often without any warning and sometimes even with no clear trigger. Panic attacks are characterized by unexpected, debilitating, or even immobilizing intensity. Panic disorders occur when these panic attacks happen consistently and often with no known cause.
shortness of breath or hyperventilation
chest pain or discomfort
trembling or shaking
feeling unreal or detached from surroundings
nausea or upset stomach
feeling dizzy, light-headed, or faint
numbness or tingling sensations
hot or cold flashes
fear and feeling of dying, losing control, or going crazy
sweating or hot flashes
feeling dizzy or fainting
STIGMA AROUND PANIC DISORDER
Misconception vs. Reality
Panic attacks are the same as anxiety”
Although anxiety can be a cause of panic attacks, panic attacks just as often have a different, or no reason at all
Panic attacks cause fainting”
Though it can happen, fainting during a panic attack is pretty rare
“Panic attacks cause extreme harm”
Panic attacks can be really bad, maybe even feel like a heart attack, but they are not life- threatening
“Panic attacks are an overreaction to stress or anxiety”
Panic attacks are not an overreaction, and they often don’t have a cause
“Deep breaths will calm a panic attack”
Deep breathing can help people cope with an attack, but it doesn’t stop it
“People with panic disorder will be medicated for their entire lives”
Everyone is different. some people may choose to use medication to treat their panic disorder, others don’t
“People having a panic attack lose all control”
Someone having a panic attack may feel like they are out of control, but they didn’t actually lose it completely
“Panic attack triggers should be avoided”
Triggers are sometimes used to treat panic disorder to try and help decrease the patient’s sensitivity
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