Individuals who suffer from panic disorder experience sudden and recurring panic attacks. Panic attacks may last from several minutes and the person experiences intense and irrational fear of losing control or of disaster. When having a panic attack the individual often experiences physical symptoms which can often feel like a heart attack. The intensity and frequency of each individual’s panic attacks vary greatly.
Since attacks often suddenly and without warning people suffering from panic disorder often become highly anxious about the on set of these attacks. Panic disorder, and Panic attacks, can have an extremely negative impact on an individual causing them to be incapable of leading a normal, happy life. Panic disorder is more common in women and it sometimes runs in families. If you suffer from Panic attacks seeing an qualified and experienced Therapists can support you with understanding the causes of panic disorder as well as identifying treatment and way to put them into practice.
Panic disorder symptoms?
Panic disorders, which is an anxiety disorder can include symptoms include some type of extreme, irrational fear and feelings of dread. Other symptoms which accompany anxiety disorders are physical symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, tension headaches, nausea, or muscle weakness.
The exact cause of Panic disorder is not completely understood however a combination of factors may be involved which may include having had a history of stressful or traumatic experiences, such as domestic violence, child abuse or bullying, having a history of drug or alcohol misuse, an imbalance of the brain chemicals serotonin and noradrenaline, which are involved in the control and regulation of mood as well as the cycle itself of suffering panic attacks and the fear of suffering these unexpected attacks.
If you have suffered panic symptoms and this has continued for six months or longer it is important to check with a qualified therapist about this as it is likely you have panic disorder.