A panic attack is a sudden feeling of terror or fear that strikes without warning. These types of attacks are a serious health problem. About 60 million adults in America will experience a panic attack at some point in their lives. Out of those 60 million, at least 3 million will have full-blown panic disorder at some point. Panic attacks strike so suddenly that often times people will think they are having a heart attack. They will also think that they are dying.
The fear that a person feels during an attack is usually unrelated to what is going on around them at that particular moment. Here are a few symptoms of panic attacks that you should look out for.
- A Racing heart
- Feeling weak, faint, or dizzy
- Tingling or numbness in the hands and fingers
- An intense sense of fear or terror
- Heavy sweating or having the chills
- Severe Chest pains
- Difficulty Breathing
- Feeling a loss of control
Most attacks come and go very quickly. Never lying more than 10 minutes. Someone who has had a previous attack has a greater risk of having one again. You will also develop phobias and began to avoid certain situations at all costs. But not to worry, there are a few things you can do to help calm things down quickly. One such is the deep breathing exercise.
Take a deep breath in and then let it out. While you are doing this remember to think positive or relaxing thoughts. Tell yourself you can do this. You can conquer this fear. Staying calm and doing the deep breathing is a great way to minimize or eliminate the panic attack.