What Is Panic Attack
The best way to answer the question "What is panic attack?" is to examine how a panic attack
feels. Even if you aren't sure you suffer from panic attacks, you know what they feel like. Why?
Have you ever been in a dangerous situation?
Perhaps you had to walk alone across a dark parking lot late at night, and realized that there were footsteps
behind you. Perhaps you were driving on a lonely stretch of road, only to have the car behind you speed up, pass
you, and suddenly slow to a crawl as if the driver intended to stop and block your way. Whatever the circumstances,
you almost certainly experienced shortness of breath, tingling in your upper body, nausea or a clenching of your
stomach, and a racing heartbeat.
Those were all normal physiological reactions,
because your body’s sympathetic nervous system, or SNS, has a "freeze, flight, or fight" response to danger. That
response enables you to switch into high gear so that you can hide from, escape, or attack a threat. Your SNS pumps
out adrenaline. Your heart rate speeds up as the blood rushes to your legs (you might feel lightheaded) so that you
can run as fast as possible, and your breathing increases to supply extra oxygen to your heart and
Your body calls on all its resources to survive,
and luckily for the human race, the system has worked wonderfully for millions of years! When things go normally,
the threat will pass, and you'll stop producing the adrenaline which enabled your body to get through the crisis.
This happens when your parasympathetic nervous system, or PNS, kicks in and calms you
down.Marriage and Family Therapist Reneau Z. Peurifoy, in Anxiety, Phobias,
and Panic: a Step-by-Step Program for Regaining Control of Your Life, however, suggests that some people are
simply born with "highly reactive bodies that respond more intensely to environmental stimuli." These people just
seem to be more tightly wired than most, and their brains are constantly processing information which never reaches
the brains of other people. Some of that information might be triggering emotional reactions which are a mystery to
the rest of us!
What happens such people, whose bodies react to
low-level or even imaginary stresses as if they were life-or-death situations? They (and they include kids and
teens as well as adults) are the living embodiments of the answer to the question "What is panic attack?" Their
sympathetic nervous systems release the adrenaline which makes their bodies to respond to threats that don't exist,
and that’s a panic attack.
They suffer from the same racing heart, nausea,
lightheadedness, and shortness of breath which are appropriate responses to danger, but have no way to let their
bodies know that the response is unwarranted. They simply have to wait until their parasympathetic nervous systems
kick in and calm things down.
One of the most devastating consequences of panic
attacks is that, once someone begins to suffer from them, he or she may develop such a fear of losing control that
agoraphobia results. Agoraphobia is a fear of places
outside the home, and people afflicted with it simply cannot function in public places. They feel hemmed in, have
difficulty getting enough air, and are often convinced that they are about to faint. Panic attacks with agoraphobia
are the most crippling of all.
Panic attacks would be far less devastating if
there were a way to avoid the situations which trigger them. But the great majority of panic attacks happen
spontaneously, and someone who experiences one panic attack in a certain place may never experience another one
there, if he or she can summon the courage to revisit it!
As strange as it may seem, there are people who
actually awakened in the middle of the night suffering from panic attacks, feeling suffocated, their hearts
pounding and their extremities tingling or numb. Because of the similarity of their symptoms, these people are
often convinced they are having heart attacks. The only good thing about a nocturnal panic attack is that it will
usually end within ten or twenty minutes. By the age of 60, most people stop experiencing
While a majority of people suffer one panic attack
never have another one, many unfortunate individuals develop a pattern of panic attacks becomes known as panic
disorder. They are the ones most likely to alter their lifestyles in order to prevent the world from learning of
their difficulty. If you have started changing the way you want to live your life because you fear a panic attack,
there is help available.
Speak to a doctor about getting the test you need
to ensure that your panic attacks are not the result of a medical condition. Once that’s established, your panic
attack disorder can be treated both with medication and with therapy.
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