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What is a Panic Attack?

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You can overcome panic attacks.

Introduction

Panic attacks are intense, overwhelming episodes of anxiety that can strike suddenly, leaving individuals feeling as though they are losing control.

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While anxiety is a natural response to stress, panic attacks are more extreme, often causing physical and emotional distress.

It's crucial to recognize the signs and understand what is happening during these episodes to effectively manage and cope with them.

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Am I Having a Panic Attack?

If you think you might be having a panic attack, please call the emergency services for help.

Panic attacks may also be confused with heart attacks, although heart attacks are far less common.

People having panic attacks may feel engulfed by an unexpected surge of fear and dread, accompanied by multiple physical symptoms.

During a panic attack, individuals may experience a rapid heart rate, shortness of breath, chest pain, trembling, dizziness, and a sense of impending doom.

Sweating and a feeling of detachment from reality are also common.

Why do Panic Attacks Happen?

Panic attacks may have specific triggers, such as specific places, people or activities.

But they can also strike seemingly out of the blue.

Common triggers include stressful life events, phobias, chronic health conditions, and even certain medications.

Understanding the root cause can be an essential step in managing and preventing future attacks.

The link between panic attacks and anxiety

Panic attacks and anxiety are closely linked.

Panic attacks are a severe form of anxiety, when your body is really complaining about it's concern.

Recognizing the signs of anxiety and addressing them early on can be a key factor in preventing the intensity of panic attacks.

Diagnosis

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Identifying the underlying cause is crucial to developing an effective treatment plan.

Treatment

UK NHS GP's typically recommend medication, talking therapies (CBT), meditation, mindfulness for panic attacks.

There are also various treatments that are available outside the NHS, but not specifically recommended by the NHS.

Some of these treatments have been well researched and studies suggest they can help.

Examples include hypnotherapy, BWRT, NLP and Havening.

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