Panic Disorder

Panic Disorder

Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder in which there is sudden feeling of intense fear which usually lasts several minutes. These attacks are regular and you should experience at least two episodes of it. There is no such real cause of the danger. The attack can be terryfying and you may feel like you may be having a heart attack or you may be even dying. Panic attacks may come at anytime and anywhere and that too without warning. For some people it makes it difficult for them to even go out of their houses and socialize with other peoples.

Signs and symptoms of panic attack

  • Fast heart beat
  • Sweating
  • Shaking
  • Choked feeling
  • Shortness of breathe
  • Chest pain
  • Feeling of nausea
  • Stomach aches
  • Dizziness
  • Sometimes chills or feeling hot
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Feeling detached from the surrounding
  • There is a fear that you will die

Types of Panic Attacks

Panic attacks can be classified into two types: expected and unexpected.
  • Expected Panic Attacks
When a person is subjected to specific cues or triggers (objects or places of which he has a fear) he experiences Expected panic attacks. For example, person having a fear of enclosed spaces (claustrophobia) may expect to have panic attacks when in a small room without windows or an elevator or other cramped areas.
  • Unexpected Panic Attacks
Panic attacks which occurs suddenly without any indication or obvious cause in a normal situation. A person can be completely relaxed before symptoms develop.


Myths and Facts

Myth: Only people diagnosed with a mental illness experience panic attacks

Fact: Although people with family history of panic attack or history of child abuse, or trauma or who are diagnosed with panic disorder, generalize anxiety disorder, and post traumatic stress disorder may have high chances of panic attacks but also it can happen to anyone without any diagnosis of mental illness. People who had experienced a traumatic event like accident, bullied, shamed etc, or are in a stressful work or school environment, or haven’t had enough sleep, food, or water are also on risk of having an panic attack.

Myth: Panic attacks are an overreaction and intentionally dramatic to seek attention

Facts: Panic attacks are not in control of the sufferer, as attacks can occur sudden in normal situation or triggered by stressful mental illness, or unspecified stimuli or changes in the environment, there is no specific cause for it to stop it. It can become very intense for the person who is having attack, saying they do this seek attention is not right at all.

How do you know you need counseling/Therapy?

One can find out if the need counseling or therapy by checking the following points:
  • You want to bring a change, but you’re unable to do so on your own, you might want to seek counseling.
  • You’re experiencing disturbances which impact your day-to-day life like work, social engagement etc.
  • You’re experiencing disturbances which impact your overall wellbeing.
  • You’re experiencing emotions on the extremes. For example you’re either too happy or too angry.
  • You have a difficult time in understanding your emotions or in making sense of what is going on around you.
  • Feeling disconnected from yourself and your loved ones.
  • You are avoiding certain people and situations most of the time because you feel uncomfortable or feel anxiety around them with or without reason.
  • You have flashbacks of past traumatic life events often you are not able to get over them.


Role of counseling & Therapy in overcoming Panic disorders

Therapists who specialize in Anxiety and Panic Disorders can help you immensely in recovering from the panic attacks you are having. These professionals are skilled in addressing these issues. They can help you in getting rid of the panic disorders through emotional exploration, cognitive restructuring, and problem solving using various techniques. The client can work along with the therapist to set short term and long term girls to deal with the panic attacks.


How does TalktoAngel help you in overcoming your panic disorder?

TalktoAngel is an online platform that provides quality therapy and other mental health services online. We have qualified and experienced professionals working with us. Panic disorders are one of our areas of expertise. We have experts and specialists who have successfully worked previously on cases of panic disorders. Studies have proven that online mental health services are as effective as the conventional mode. Furthermore, at TalktoAngel, we put your needs first. We can help you with flexible appointments, personalized and customized intervention plans all at the tip of your fingers.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • If you think your panic attacks are ruining your life and destroying your personal and professional life, it is best to contact a counselor/therapist who specializes in panic attacks. However, if you think that you can overcome on your own, you can start with observing and understanding the pattern of your panic attacks. You need to stay away from situations that are making them worse. Since, panic disorders may often involve medication, it is best to undergo under the counsel of a professional.
  • Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder which is a mental illness.
  • Panic disorders can be caused to due to a number of reasons. Heredity is one major factor, if you have family history of panic disorders, it is likely that you might develop the same. There are other causes too like exposures to stress, or you may be having a tendency to take stressed situations and cannot cope with them easily and it may also occur as a result of some changes in the system of your brain functions. Studies suggest that stress is one major cause and it can also be a result of an underlying mental health condition.
  • You cannot take medication for panic disorders, without the consultation of a psychiatrist. It is unprofessional and ethically wrong for us to disclose any medication in this manner. You can consult with one of our professionals. Moreover, medication is only effective in the long term if coupled with effective psychotherapy.

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