What is Panic Attack?


Generally, panic attack happens as a result of extremely heightened anxiety. Any of us have the potential of experiencing a panic attack.

However, for those who do not suffer from any anxiety disorder, a panic attack is only likely to happen if triggered by an anxiety-provoking event.

There’s a man in his mid-40s rushed to an emergency room. He is sweating, his heart is racing, he feels pain in his chest, and he barely can catch his breath. With his wife, they are convinced he is having a heart attack. They could be-only, this time, the Emergency Room doctors tell him his heart is just fine. What he’s having is a panic attack.

Though none should ever assume one is having a panic attack and ignore heart attack symptoms instead, thousands of people each year share this man’s experience and affects some 2.4 million U.S. adults. The disorder most often begins during the late teens and early adulthood and strikes twice as many American women as men. http://www.calminghealth.com/what-is-panic-attack

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Having a panic attack is said to be one of the most intensely frightening, upsetting and uncomfortable experiences in a person’s life. It is truly terrifying and can happen without warning or reason, anytime, anywhere-including while walking down the street, dining out with a group of friends, grocery shopping-even sleeping, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

The American Psychological Association says the symptoms of a panic attack generally last for about 30 minutes, although the attack itself may only be 15 seconds long. Some panic attack can last for much longer, even hours.

When we are given the signal to react with anxiety we produce Adrenaline (epinephrine). Adrenaline is released in the Adrenal Glands. Some people call adrenaline the “fright or flight” hormone. A release of adrenaline into your system can raise your heartbeat, make you sweat, churn your stomach and provoke irregular breathing – all characteristics of a panic attack.

If there is no imminent danger and your system is loaded with Adrenaline, that hormone will not be used up for running away – the build up can cause a panic attack.

Psychological symptoms may include feel an overwhelming sense of fear and a sense of unreality, as if you’re detached from the world around you.

As well as psychological symptoms, you may also experience physical symptoms of panic, such as:

  • what is panic attackA sensation that your heart is beating irregularly (palpitations), racing heart & rapid pulse
  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Shortness of breath (hyperventilation)
  • A choking sensation
  • Chest pain
  • Feeling sick or faint
  • And worst of all-the sense of “going crazy.”

Over time, many who suffer panic attacks develop an on-going fear of having another attack. This fear can severely hamper daily activities and overall quality of life. Some people refuse to leave their houses or to put themselves in situations that remind them of their previous attacks.

Tips 1:

If you’re breathing quickly during a panic attack, slowing this down can ease your other symptoms. Here are some things you can try:

Breathe in deeply through your nose from your diaphragm.
Breathe out slowly through your mouth.
Focus your thinking on the word “calm”.

Keep calm and concentrate on your breathing. You should start to feel better as the level of carbon dioxide in your blood returns to normal, although you may feel tired afterwards.
Read more about breathing technique and ten ways to follow when a panic attack strikes unexpectedly : How to stop a panic attack in 10 ways

Tips 2 : Should you see your doctor about panic attacks?

A panic attack can make you feel like you’re about to die but it’s usually harmless once the symptoms pass. However, in some cases, you may need medical advice to rule out an underlying physical cause.

Seek medical advice if:

Your panic attack continues after following these breathing techniques for 20 minutes.
You still feel unwell after your breathing returns to normal.
You still have a rapid or irregular heartbeat or chest pains after your panic attack.
You regularly have panic attacks, as this could be a sign that you have panic disorder.


For the full guide on treating and end Anxiety and Panic Attack naturally, permanently and safely, visit Barry McDonagh’s Panic Away Program. In the past 10 years, The Panic Away Program has touched over 150,000 lives in 32 countries worldwide. Everyone has used it, from from soccer moms to famous celebrities. Get FREE Audio To End Anxiety and Panic Attacks Fast! Click Here to Download

Who is Barry McDonagh?
panic authorBarry McDonagh (BA, Dip Psych) is a psychology graduate and the creator of the Panic Away Program and the go-to guy when it comes to treating Anxiety and Panic Attack naturally and safely. The program has been purchased by more than 150,000 people worldwide and has been featured on TV and radio across America. Barry’s mission is to reach 1 million people by 2016 and change the way we treat anxiety forever.
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