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What is a Panic Attack? Occasional bouts with worry and moderate levels of anxiety are not panic. It is also common to feel uncomfortable about facing a certain fear or scary situation. However, there are some cases when the fear can be so overwhelming that it causes total panic.

What is a panic attack? A panic attack is a sudden intense fear followed by an overwhelming feeling of danger. It triggers a fight or flight reaction. A panic disorder is a type of anxiety characterized by sweating, rapid breathing, and rapid heart beat. Panic attacks are sudden and may seem unprovoked. A panic attack can occur at anytime and it can interfere with day-to-day activities. It can become a debilitating condition that impacts a person’s family, work, and social life. An untreated panic disorder can possibly lead to substance abuse, depression and, in rare cases, even suicide.

Panic disorders often develop during the teen years or early adulthood. People with panic disorder have this dreaded fear of danger or terror and it could repeat without warning. It is far more intense than the feeling of simply being ‘stressed out’.

What is a panic attack? Symptoms of a panic attack include trembling, shaking, sweating, chest pains or heart palpitations, hot flashes, racing heartbeat, light-headedness and a fear that you are going crazy, having a heart attack or about to die.

People who have full-blown, repeated panic attacks can be terrified by their condition and should seek treatment. They should also avoid places or objects that could trigger another panic attack until they have a plan to cope with the feared situation. A panic attack is not dangerous, but it can be scary, largely because it creates a feeling of being ‘out of control’.

Only a licensed therapist can diagnose a panic disorder. If your panic attacks are recurring, this is a sign that of extreme psychological stress. Persons who experience frequent, debilitating panic attacks should immediately seek the assistance of a mental heath professional.

Stress management techniques and meditation can help people with such disorders. Regular exercise can also have some calming effect. Most insurance plans provide coverage that includes treatment for anxiety disorders. People with panic disorders are advised to join a support group, start therapy and obtain medication from a psychiatrist.

What is a Panic Attack IOP? However, if your panic attacks are affecting your ability to function and you overwhelmed with fear, you may need a higher level of care. We provide treatment for panic attacks in our intensive outpatient program in Memphis, TN, where you can learn the skills you need to cope with debilitating panic disorders. Give us a call at 901-682-6136 to schedule an appointment and take the next step towards conquering your panic.