People with panic symptoms suffer from regularly recurring panic attacks. You are unexpectedly bothered by a great fear, without there being a direct reason for it. It just happens. At the same time you often suffer from physical complaints before and during a panic attack.
People with panic symptoms suffer from regularly recurring panic attacks. You are unexpectedly bothered by a great fear, without there being a direct reason for it. It just happens. At the same time you often suffer from physical complaints before and during a panic attack. People often suffer from panic disorder. A number of complaints that can occur are:
unexpected panic attacks
palpitations or chest pain
sweating, hot flashes or chills
breathlessness or shortness of breath
feeling unreality or being independent of yourself
fear of going crazy or losing your self-control
fear of dying or fainting
Half of the people with panic symptoms also suffer from agoraphobia. In that case you avoid certain situations or places, because you are afraid of a new attack. Or you do not go to places where you can not get away quickly: on the train, bus or plane. You can also avoid bridges, tunnels or places far away from home. Agoraphobia was formerly also called agoraphobia, fear of street, fear of space or fear of fear.
People with panic disorder suffer from at least a month after their first panic attack:
anxiety about getting a next attack
concerns about the consequences of their panic symptoms
People with a panic disorder are more likely to have depression, addiction problems or other anxiety disorders (especially obsessive compulsive or compulsive disorder) in addition to their panic symptoms. Of all people aged up to 65, 3.8% have had panic disorder ever in their lives. The number of new cases per year is 0.8%. Women suffer from panic complaints 1.5 to 3 times as often and are also more likely to suffer from agoraphobia.
What can you do against panic symptoms?
After the diagnosis of panic disorder has been made by the general practitioner or a psychologist, the treatment is determined on the basis of the severity of the complaints. In the case of panic symptoms, it is wise to start a therapy as soon as possible after the first panic attacks have recurred. If you wait longer, the avoidance can be more persistent and the treatment generally lasts longer. A psychological treatment for your symptoms can be a good step to get rid of your panic disorder. If you recognize yourself in the description of panic symptoms, please feel free to contact us or register for treatment. Read here what Aeffectivity does in the treatment of a panic disorder. If you want to know more about what you can do yourself against panic symptoms, read on here.