All panic attacks are harmless, so the most important thing is to remain calm. There really is nothing that really triggers the onset of a panic attack, it is just a sudden and intense feeling of varied emotions. It results in excessive hormones, more particularly adrenaline that flow through the body.
Having a panic attack, especially the first one, can be an extremely frightening experience, which often makes the person believe that a heart attack is the culprit. It is usually short-lived, anywhere from seconds long to approximately 1/2 hour, but it seems like eternity for the individual. In some cases, they come in cycles and short episodes that can go for a few hours.
Panic attacks are often experienced by individuals who feel as though they cannot escape from a certain situation. Of course, the symptoms associated with this condition are different for everyone. As mentioned previously, many believe they are having a heart attack while others believe it is a nervous breakdown.
Some symptoms related to this condition are sweaty palms. The moment that the individual begins to feel nervous about a situation, the palms begin to perspire, resulting in “clammy hands.” But it is not limited to the palms. Perspiration increases in those who suffer from panic attacks. Tingling sensations can also be attributed to these attacks, as can trembling and shortness of breath.
The heart races, the chest often tightens and the individual can feel light-headed. One can also feel hot or cold flashes, nauseous, dizzy, among many other feelings.
Studies show that this disorder, which is not necessarily a related to any mental disorder (but can be), is hereditary. If someone in your family had it, the chance of you getting them is increased. But, studies have also found that many individuals develop this disorder even though their family members did not have it. Still, other studies have concluded that parents who consistently raise their children with excessive cautious methods, have resulted in those children suffering from panic disorders later in life.
Other causes can be from different mental disorders; from a Vitamin B deficiency (rare in developed countries, but possible in the event of parasite infection, namely tapeworm); from an over-active thyroid; from other phobias that the individual suffers from; from some stimulants like those found in cigarettes, coffee and cannabis and in medical depressants; and from many, many more.
The fact remains that panic attacks affect many people worldwide. The life that most lead which includes high stress situations with their employment or careers and their faced paced lifestyle, racing to get to work on time, get to the different stores as quickly as possible, get dinner on the table, etc. Are all related to the increasing numbers of panic disorder sufferers.
Panic attacks are treatable. Joe Barry’s Panic Away book has helped many people regain control. With that said, it is important that you slow down and realize that no one can function properly in such demanding lifestyles. Eventually, lifestyles like these catch up with the individual, whether in serious physical illnesses or psychological ones, like panic disorders.