Panic Disorder By Neil Redfern
Panic Disorder By Neil Redfern
by Neil Redfern
Panic disorder which is an anxiety disorder is defined by recurring severe panic attacks. Significant behavioral change lasting at least a month and ongoing worry about the implication or concern about having other attacks are also included in panic attacks. Agoraphobia (the fear of having panic attacks) is not the same as panic disorder. However, many with panic disorder also suffer from agoraphobia.
Sudden and repeated attacks of fear that can last several minutes and often the symptoms last longer is what happens to a person with panic disorder. This type of attack is called a panic attack. You may feel fear of certain disaster or a fear of losing control. You might also have a forceful physical reaction. You will feel like you are having a heart attack. Such attacks can happen any time. People worry about panic attacks and fear the probability of having another one.
Symptoms of a panic attack are rapid heartbeat, perspiration, dizziness, dyspnea, uncontrollable fear and hyperventilation. You could have panic attacks on a regular basis such as daily or weekly. Embarrassment and social isolation are negative sides of a panic attack.
Panic disorders can be hereditary. However, they can occur in someone who has no family history. Panic disorder does not have any single cause. People with bipolar disorder, alcoholism or drug abuse can have panic disorders. Studies have shown that hypoglycemia, hyperthyroidism and mitral valve prolapse can cause a panic disorder.
Panic disorder is more common in women than men. It usually starts when people are young adults. Sometimes it starts when a person is under a lot of stress. Most people get better with treatment. Therapy can show you how to recognize and change your thinking patterns before they lead to panic. Medicines can also help.
Some more symptoms of a panic disorder:
* Pounding heart or chest pains
* Intense feeling of terror
* Sensation of choking or smothering
* Trembling or shaking
* Nausea or stomachache
* Tingling or numbness in the fingers and toes
* Chills or hot flashes
* Fear of losing control or are about to die
When symptoms of a panic disorder are present, the doctor will do an evaluation including a complete medical history and physical exam. The doctor may use various tests to look for physical illness as the cause of the symptoms, even though, there are no laboratory tests to specifically diagnose panic disorder.
When there is not a physical illness found you will be referred to a psychiatrist, psychologist or a mental health professional who is specially trained to diagnose and treat mental illnesses. There are specially designed interview and assessment tools that psychiatrists and psychologists use to evaluate someone for a panic disorder.
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