A panic attack is a condition where an individual will feel a surge of extreme fear, anxiety or discomfort. During an episode, the individual may exhibit at least four symptoms such as:
- Excessive sweating
- Shaking or trembling
- Difficulty in breathing
- Increased heart rate or palpitations
- Chest discomfort or pain
- Experiences a feeling of being choked
- Abdominal stress
- Light-headedness or fainting spells
- Unexplainable fear of irrational cause
Some of the symptoms can be mistaken as symptoms of other illnesses such as heart disease, breathing disorders and so on. Because of this, a lot of people with panic attacks is convinced they have a life-threatening condition and would often visit emergency rooms or doctor’s offices. It can be debilitating if you suffer from panic attacks since it can greatly affect your ability to function normally.
Another fear that a person who suffers panic attacks is having future panic attacks. Because of this, the person may altogether avoid places, people, and situations where they had their first panic attack.
It is not fully understood what causes panic attacks. However, there are several factors involved that results in developing panic attacks. These factors are:
- Genes. If both parents suffer from panic disorders, chances are high that their children will develop the disease too.
- Brain abnormalities. Panic disorder can be caused by abnormalities in the brain areas which controls our response during stressful situations or our fight-or-flight response.
- Drug and substance dependence. Being addicted to drugs and substances can cause panic disorders.
- Life events. Stressful or traumatic events can contribute to the development of a panic attack.
The treatment of panic disorder can be a combination of several therapies. The therapies are:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
If you think you are suffering from Panic Attacks you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Panic Attacks as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).