Panic attacks are often confused with simple moments of anxiety. We have all experienced anxiety in certain situations, that feeling between stress and fear: there is nothing to worry about, it is completely normal. Anxiety becomes a panic attack when it appears in an intense, sudden way and not motivated by stressful situations to which our body or mind have been subjected. When you feel the first symptoms it is essential to contact your doctor.
This wave of panic and fear reaches its peak in a few minutes and manifests itself with symptoms such as: increased heart rate, shortness of breath, sweating, tremor, chills, dizziness, nausea, chest pain, fear of losing control. According to a study, people suffering from panic attacks may have a higher risk of heart problems later in their life.
How to deal with panic attacks?
If you have a panic attack, don't move until the symptoms disappear completely. Breathe slowly and deeply to slow your heartbeat and decrease anxiety. Do not think the worst: focus on a situation of joy and tranquility or on a detail that surrounds you. Although difficult, try to take your thoughts away from the discomfort you are feeling.
What are the remedies?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TCC) is the most effective therapy for panic attacks: it is a psychological therapy and not a pharmaceutical one. The therapist works with the patient on relaxation, awareness, the patient's thoughts and how to deal with uncomfortable situations.
This article is for information purposes only and, if you notice the onset of symptoms, you must necessarily contact your doctor. Acting promptly means reducing the chances of relapsing into the disorder in the future.