As the name suggests, Panic Attack refer to abrupt and unprovoked episodes of intense anxiety or discomfort. The person suddenly feels alarmed or even terrified, in the absence of a certain external threat. The recurrent attacks of severe anxiety (panic) cannot be predicted, as they are not restricted to any particular situation or set of circumstances.
In addition to the unexpected and devastating fear, the person may experience some of the following symptoms:
In describing their experiences of panic attacks clients usually say that during those moments they believe that they either "lose control" of themselves or even "go crazy". Some clients even reported that they feared of dying from a heart attack as some of the symptoms of panic attacks resemble those associated with problems of the heart.
Panic attacks often lead to agoraphobia as people become afraid that leaving their houses will trigger a panic attack.
Panic disorder is characterised by:
As panic Attacks cannot be predicted, people suffering from Panic Disorder usually become increasingly anxious and worried wondering when the next panic attack will strike. Their attempts to predict or prevent another panic attack are usually unsuccessful.
In working with people experiencing panic attacks and suffering from panic disorder, some clients also reported a history of trauma or even PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) related symptoms. In such cases fully supportive considerations to the personal/subjective experiences of the PTSD affected persons have been given in order to make the recovery possible.
Please note that the information provided on this page should not be used for self-diagnosis or to diagnose others. If you feel that you can relate to one or more of the Panic Attack symptoms or Panic Disorder symptoms described above, contact me now for a confidential discussion and to get help for your problem.
Panic attacks and Panic Disorder can be treated with psychotherapy and hypnotherapy.