Is Panic Attack A Silent Killer?

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panic attackIs Panic Attack A Silent Killer?

Hello! I’ve been MIA for like a month I guess L Blame it on the laptop, actually The OS, laptop had windows 8 but now it updated to 8.1 and Hell broke loose! My wi-fi just wouldn’t connect, hence the delay in posts. Just downgraded to windows 7, “Old is Gold” indeed :p

Getting back to my post now, let’s talk about Panic attack. We have all heard of it, even experienced it maybe. But is this just a state of mind or really an underlying issue which hasn’t got our due attention yet?

Panic attack is a sudden feeling of anxiety and fear which makes your heart pound and leaves you feeling breathless. They often happen out of blue and have no warning signs. Imagine you working in the office, preparing for a meeting when suddenly you have this attack and you can’t breathe and your heart pounding away! Then after a few minutes all this passes and things get back to normal. Sounds scary right? Indeed it is, hard to determine and waiting it out to pass, that’s a real deal breaker. These attacks may be a one-time occurrence or keep coming back. This attack reaches its peak in about 10 minutes and usually ends in 20 to 30 minutes.

The Symptoms of panic attack are:

  • Shortness of breath

  • Heart palpitations

  • Trembling

  • Sweating

  • Feeling dizzy

  • Fear of dying, losing control, or going crazy

panicWhen I say symptoms, I mean this is what happens when you experience a panic attack, as the exactly what causes lead to a panic attack are not ascertainable. But scientists have said that they are related to certain events in the past which have caused a trauma and hence when humans face such situations or surroundings again this trauma raises again as a panic.

Panic attacks are not as easy as bear them for 20-30 minutes and you are done, the person suffering from this disorder feels like he is dying, as he feels out of breath this may lead him to believe he is having an asthma attack or the chest pains may lead him to believe he is having an heart attack! This is how bad it gets guys. Feeling like you are dying, it’s that serious.

The effects of the experience can leave a lasting imprint. If a person has a panic disorder, the recurrent panic attacks take an emotional toll. The memory of the intense fear and terror that the person felt during the attacks can negatively impact his self-confidence and cause serious disruption to his everyday life. Eventually, this may lead to the following panic disorder symptoms:

Anticipatory anxiety:

Due to the emotional scarring, the person fears having this attack again and is constantly living in a fear of “what if he has another attack?” This anxiety is very disturbing as it may interfere with his day to day work and socializing.

Phobias:

As the person suffers from attacks anywhere, they begin to avoid social surrounding. They begin to feel that certain environment may trigger an attack and they may not find any help that time, this makes them avoid situations!

Medications can help control these attacks temporarily, medicines like Anti-depressants needs to be taken regularly for them to work and medicines like Benzodiazepines work quickly, they must be taken during the attack for quick relief, and you need a prescription for these obviously.

panickedPoints to keep in mind for a person suffering from this disorder are to learn about this condition, talk to your PD about it and work out solutions. Always be in a relaxed state, practice reading exercises to help you calm down. Avoid smoking and caffeine.

This is really a serious issue guys, help the people you know suffering from it and help them cope with this in a happy way.

Hope this was helpful, feel free to reach out for any assistance on the issue, till then, live well and be happy J

This is Pooja, Ciao!

Do you think Panic Attack is really a serious issue and a silent killer?

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Why are you referring to panic attack as a silent killer when it’s NOT.
    It’s a emotional condition that thousands of people suffer from it.
    I suffer with anxiety and panick attacks for the past 50 years it hasn’t killed me yet.
    Panic attacks is a deceiver that convinces one to believe that they are dying.

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