Panic Disorder is one of six Anxiety Disorders that have been identified, and is characterised by repeated, unexpected panic attacks, as well as fear of experiencing another episode. Agoraphobia, (a fear of being in places where escape or help would be difficult in the event of a panic attack), may also accompany a Panic Disorder. If you have agoraphobia, you are likely to avoid public places such as shopping centres, sports stadiums, or confined spaces such as an airplane.
You may be suffering from panic disorder if you have experienced times of panic, where you have a combination of the following signs and symptoms (for a full panic attack):
The signs and symptoms of a panic attack develop very quickly and usually reach their peak within 10 minutes. Most panic attacks end within 20 to 30 minutes, and they rarely last more than an hour.
Panic attacks often occur when away from home, but they can happen anywhere and at any time.
You may have one while you’re in a store shopping, walking down the street, driving in your car, or sitting on the couch at home.
The symptoms of a panic attack are predominantly physical and can be so severe that people think they’re having a heart attack. In fact, many people suffering from panic attacks make repeated trips to the doctor or to the hospital emergency room in an attempt to get treatment for what they believe is a life-threatening medical problem.
It is of course important to rule out possible medical causes of symptoms such as chest pain, heart palpitations, or difficulty breathing, however very often it’s panic that is overlooked as being a potential cause of the symptoms - not many mistakenly diagnose a heart attack as beinng a panic attack.
If you have panic disorder, the recurrent panic attacks can affect you emotionally. Whilst a single panic attack may only last a few minutes, the effects of the experience can be frightening and traumatic, and leave a lasting and unforgettable memory of the event.
The memory of the intense fear and terror that you felt during the attacks can negatively impact your self-confidence and cause serious disruption to your everyday life. Eventually, this can lead to the following panic disorder symptoms:
So you may be suffering from panic disorder if you have experienced times of panic, and if you:
Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy and Counselling can be used in combination to successfully help Anxiety Attacks and Panic Attacks.
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