Approximately 2.4 million adults are affected by panic disorder in the United States. Panic disorder is quite different than regular anxiety in that it is a wave of extremely intense fear that usually lasts about 10 minutes. Symptoms of these panic attacks also include physical reactions such as sweating and heart racing. Panic attacks can hit without warning or apparent reason. People with panic disorder also describe feeling afraid of having subsequent panic attacks. This can leave the person debilitated since it can interfere drastically with their daily lives and well-being.
The following are some of the symptoms of a panic attack:
– Intense feeling of terror
– Difficulty breathing
– Pounding heart or chest pain
– Sensation of choking or smothering
– Dizziness or feeling faint
– Trembling or shaking
– Nausea or stomach ache
– Tingling or numbness in fingers and toes
– Chills or hot flashes
– Fear of losing control or are about to die
According to a recent WebMD article, nearly 90% of people with panic disorder can find relief with treatment. It’s possible to feel better. Treatment may include psychotherapy, medication, and/or other options such as yoga and meditation.