Why do Panic Attacks Happen?

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Posted on : Feb 18, 2015

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Reason for panic attack

The root cause of panic attack is not exactly known. Though genetics definitely play a role, this condition can also be related to certain phobias, depression, substance abuse and depression.

Panic attacks can also result from a serious accident, death of a loved one, emotional trauma due to separation and intense life-changing experiences.

Symptoms
  • Sudden intense anxiety
  • Sweating, shaking, palpitation
  • A feeling of choking
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Nausea and dizziness
  • Fear of death
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Chills or hot flushes

Remember, panic attacks and heart attacks show similar symptoms. Though it lasts only a few minutes, it can leave a person exhausted and emotionally drained.

Post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia and obsessive compulsive disorder are also known to trigger panic attacks.

Treatment for Panic Attacks
  • Seek psychiatric help
  • Take a break and relax the min
  • Quit / control smoking and drinking
  • Yoga, breathing techniques or meditation techniques can help reduce stress
  • Counselling and behavioural therapy can also reduce stress
  • Avoid caffeine

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