Feelings of panic and anxiety in response to a dangerous, stressful or even exciting situation are perfectly normal, but a panic attack is when these feelings occur regularly and at times when no obvious stimulant or cause is apparent. During a panic attack you’ll feel intense feelings that can be both physical and psychological, such as sweating, nausea, trembling, heart palpitations, hot flushes, shortness of breath and feelings of faintness.
Interestingly panic attack sufferers have also often reported a feeling of detachment from the event, as if they weren’t really there or that it wasn’t actually happening. Those with ‘panic disorder’ may suffer a couple of these attacks a month and some sufferers even several a week. Panic attacks aren’t fully understood but are often linked to stressful or traumatic life events or an imbalance of neurotransmitters in the brain. As with many mental health disorders, combination treatment involving medication and behavioural therapy has shown to be useful for many patients.
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