Panic Attack: Symptoms, Treatment, and Other Facts You Need to Know

A panic attack is a common symptom experienced by many people. There are many treatment methods available for panic attacks, but it is important to know all the facts before deciding on one. Let’s look at panic attack symptoms, treatments, and other important information you need to know!

What is Panic Attack?

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A panic attack is the sudden feeling of panic and anxiety that comes on suddenly. The panic attack can be described as an intense fear of something terrible happening. A panic attack lasts for about ten minutes at most, but the panic and anxiety can stay with someone for hours or days.

A panic attack may also manifest itself in physical symptoms, such as heart palpitations, chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, light-headedness, nausea, hot flashes or chills, trembling or shaking, intense fear of dying, numbness or tingling sensations, dry mouth, burning skin etc.

People who have panic attacks often worry about when the next attack will happen. The anxiety leads to the panic attack getting worse causing more over time. Panic disorder is diagnosed if a person has panic attacks with no real reason or more than one panic attack each week for at least three months.

Panic Attack Symptoms

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Rapid breathing is a panic attack symptom.

It can happen when you’re in a panic, but it also happens for other reasons. It may be due to an asthma attack or because you have been running and now need to catch your breath. Rapid breathing has the same symptoms as hyperventilation: panic, dizziness, chest pain, stomach discomfort and nausea. In most cases rapid breathing will pass if left untreated – usually within 5 minutes of its onset. However if the panic persists, this may indicate that there is another cause for the panic such as claustrophobia or agoraphobia which requires treatment by a medical professional who specializes in panic disorders (a psychiatrist). The best way to treat rapid breathing is to treat the panic attack which caused it.

Dizziness can be a panic attack symptom. It is important to know the symptoms of panic attacks in order to treat them properly. Panic attacks are usually treated with therapy, medication, or both. Some treatments for panic attacks include behavioral therapy and medications such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and benzodiazepines. Dizziness is a common panic attack symptom that may indicate an underlying medical condition such as hyperthyroidism or Meniere’s disease, which should be ruled out by your doctor before treating it as a panic attack.

Chest pain is a common symptom of panic attacks. This symptom may be accompanied by sweating, palpitations, panic symptoms, increased respiration rate, increased blood pressure, nausea, vomiting and/or dizziness. Chest pain can bear resemblance to cardiac symptoms which is why panic attack sufferers are often rushed to the hospital after experiencing this symptom. The panic attack sufferer will be placed on IV fluids due to excess dehydration or to combat anemia. Changes in breathing may even result in oxygen deprivation. A panic attack sufferer may develop panic syncope which is when there is decreased blood flow to the brain and patient faints because of an excessive drop in blood pressure.

Chest pains are also treated with anti-anxiety drugs like benzodiazepines (e.g., Valium, Xanax) which help panic attack sufferers control their panic symptoms to decrease panic attack panic symptoms. The panic attack sufferer may also be prescribed beta blockers which are used to treat chest pain by reducing the heart rate and blood pressure.

A panic attack is a sudden feeling of intense fear, panic, or terror. It can be triggered by stress and anxiety over something that has happened, something that may happen in the future, or even just anticipating an event. Panic attacks are often accompanied by physical symptoms including heart palpitations, chest pain, breathing difficulties and dizziness. Some people also experience nausea and vomiting as part of their panic attack.

The best treatment for panic attacks is to use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). The CBT therapist will help identify what triggers your panic attacks so you can learn to avoid them or manage them better if they do occur again. They should also teach you how to control your thoughts about panic episodes so they don’t escalate into full panic attacks. Since panic attacks can sometimes be triggered by feeling nauseous and if nausea and vomiting are a symptom you have been dealing with, talk to your doctor before beginning CBT so you can begin panic attack treatment as soon as possible.

Treatment for Panic Attack

The best treatment for panic attack is panic attack medication. Panic attack medication is used to reduce panic attacks before they even happen. Panic attack medication can be prescribed on a short term basis or for longer periods of time, depending on the severity of the panic attack.

Treatment for panic disorder typically includes psychotherapy, antidepressants, exposure therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and their combination. Typical antidepressants are used in anxiety disorders treatment. They work by changing some of the chemical balances in the brain that might be causing some of the symptoms of panic attacks.

Exposure therapy can also help people with panic disorders. Exposure therapy is when people are gradually exposed to things that have caused them panic attacks in the past to help them get used to them and not be afraid.

Psychotherapy and Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is used in panic disorder treatment and can help people learn how to reduce their symptoms. CBT may also help people with panic attacks learn how to change the way they think about panic attacks, such as learning that panic attacks aren’t dangerous, and that panic attacks don’t need to affect their everyday life. Cognitive-behavioral therapy can be done either on an inpatient or outpatient basis, and has been found to be more effective the longer it is used.

Panic attack medication such as Xanax is a benzodiazepine receptor agonist, which acts on certain sites in the brain called GABA receptors. Panic attack medication can reduce some of the physical symptoms of panic attacks, which make panic disorder sufferers feel faint or dizzy.

Panic attack medication is safe when taken as prescribed by a doctor, and panic attack medication has been used for decades to treat panic attacks and panic disorder. It does not usually cause withdrawal symptoms and panic attack medication is not thought to be addictive. However, panic disorder sufferers should make sure they do not suddenly stop taking panic attack medication; this can cause panic attacks to come back. Panic attack medication is not usually recommended for panic disorder sufferers who have panic attacks without also having panic disorder.

Interesting Facts About Panic Attack

Some panic attacks can take place in response to specific panic attack triggers. It may be worsened by panic attack triggers, but panic attacks can also happen without an apparent trigger.

– A panic attack is a sudden episode of intense fear and discomfort that reaches a peak within minutes.

– Panic disorder is characterized by recurrent panic attacks and is often accompanied by significant emotional, behavioral, or functional problems.

– People who suffer from panic disorder have significantly increased rates of psychiatric disorders such as agoraphobia, generalized anxiety disorder, alcohol dependence or abuse, depression, or other personality disorders.

– Panic attacks can occur in response to a physical condition such as heart disease, respiratory disorders, panic attack seizures, panic attack medications, panic attack drug withdrawal, and panic attack pregnancy.

– A panic disorder may be diagnosed when a person has recurrent panic attacks (minimum four in a four week period), and at least one of the attacks is accompanied by one or more panic disorder symptoms.

– A panic attack is the abrupt onset of intense fear that reaches a peak within minutes, and includes at least four panic attack symptoms: heart palpitations, chest pain or discomfort, breathing difficulties (shortness of breath), sweating, trembling or shaking, numbness or tingling sensations (particularly in the face), hot or cold flashes, dizziness, depersonalization (feelings of unreality) or derealization (the world seems unreal), fear of losing control or going crazy, and fear of dying. Panic attacks are generally experienced as being brief, lasting less than ten minutes. Panic attack symptoms may reoccur in panic disorder or other psychological disorders up to six months or longer after the panic attack has ended.

– The panic attack causes significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.

– During a panic attack, a person’s breathing rate increases, which can lead to hyperventilation and dizziness. The panic attack symptoms may result in the sufferer seeking out means of alleviating panic attack symptoms – despite not having any danger – through reassurance from others that there is nothing wrong or by avoiding certain places or situations which they believe will trigger panic attacks.

– Panic attacks are often associated with agoraphobia, the fear of being in situations in which panic attacks can occur or panic attack sufferers fear they may panic.


If panic attack symptoms are left untreated, they can worsen into panic disorder. The first step to getting treatment is recognizing the problem and seeking help right away. If you have a panic attack or know someone who does, follow these steps:

– Recognize that you’re having an anxiety attack and take deep breaths in order to calm down. You may also want to call for emergency assistance if your panic becomes too severe.

– Take medication as prescribed by doctors to reduce the severity of future attacks.

It might be helpful to start taking medications before any sudden triggers occur so that it’s more effective when needed during an episode. Talk with your doctor about what type of drug will work best for you based on age, weight, medical history

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