A panic attack can be described as a feeling of intense terrorism, without the presence of any real danger, accompanied by a range of unsettling physical sensations. This strange feeling of fear can peak in ten minutes but in some cases, it may even last for half an hour.
What Is A Panic Attack- The Different Types Of Attacks
Panic and anxiety attacks can be broadly subdivided into three categories:
1. Spontaneous Attacks
When a panic attack occurs without any formal warning and happens 'out of the blue', it is termed as a spontaneous attack. Interestingly, there are no environmental triggers which are linked to this kind of attack. Ironically, people may suffer from spontaneous attacks even when they are fast asleep. As there is no situational significance attached to these attacks, it is very difficult to diagnose them.
2. Attacks Based A Specific Situation
Situation based panic attacks take place when the concerned person has been exposed to an adverse situation. The person takes cues from such situations which triggers an attack. For example, there are several individuals who have fear of heights and when they climb up a hill or are on top of a high rise building, they become extremely anxious. This in case gives rise to an attack.
3. According To A Predisposed Situation
It is interesting to note that an individual does not always suffer from panic related attacks when he / she faces a particular alarming situation. More often than not, individuals suffer from panic disorders after being exposed to a particular situation for a reasonable period of time. For example, if an individual does not like the idea of public speaking and is petrified of expressing his views in front of a large audience, he can experience a panic or anxiety attack after he has been forced into this act. At the same time, he may suffer from such attacks even after his speech is over. This is a perfect example of a panic attack based on a predisposed situation.