Many individuals that have obsessive-compulsive disorder experience panic attacks as a result of the anxiety that they experience. These attacks are quite frightening to the individual that experiences them. Fortunately, the attacks are typically harmless to the physical well being of the sufferer.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is characterized by unwanted thoughts that result in such a high degree of anxiety that the sufferer will engage in compulsions ritualistically. These are behaviors that are performed over and over again.

Many experience anxiety attacks because they are bothered by thoughts that experience, others experience these attacks because of the fact that they experience stress directly from having to engage in the behaviors that assist in making the unwanted thoughts going away.

Potential Causes

If an individual has obsessive-compulsive disorder, there are many reasons why they may develop accompanying panic attacks. Panic attacks are considered to be a behavioral based compliance, so that means that the ultimate causes of an attack are highly dependent upon the individual that is experiencing them.

There are many individuals that will push them into a panic attack by trying to avoid giving into the actions that they perform as a result of their obsessions. Then, there are people who will experience panic attacks because of the fact that they do indulge in the rituals and are unable to get other necessary tasks done. Many experience attacks for seemingly no reason whatever.

Panic Attack Symptoms

There are many symptoms that may be experienced when someone with obsessive-compulsive disorder experiences a panic attack. The symptoms may be both physiological and psychological. These symptoms include, but are not at all limited to the following:

• Many will start to sweat even when the temperature is comfortable.
• It is not at all unusual for heart palpitations to be experienced.
• Body tremors or shaking may be experienced.
• Many may feel as if they are unable to breathe appropriately.
• Gastrointestinal distress such as constipation or diarrhea may be experienced.
• Many may experience nausea and / or vomiting.
• It is common for dizziness and even a loss of coordination to be experienced.
• Many may experience the sensation that their surroundings feel unreal or like a dream.
• The skin may start to feel cool to the touch and may become discolored.
• Pain may be experienced through the body. This comes as a result of the body tensing up.
• Many may feel as if they are going crazy or that they are going to lose control to one degree or another.
• It is common for an individual to feel as if they have a general lump in the throat and that they are smothering.

If you or someone that you know suffers from panic attacks as a result of obsessive-compulsive disorder , it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. There are effective treatments for both obsessive-compulsive disorder and panic attacks that may increase the quality of life and reduce panic attacks.