Many adolescents and adults end up in a hospital emergency department thinking they are having a heart attack only to be told it is anxiety. This can be very confusing as the physical symptoms of a panic attack are incredibly intense and terrifying with panic attack suffers frequently reporting an overwhelming sense that they are dying.
If you are suffering panic attacks, you are not alone! At least 5% of the population have experienced panic attacks. There may be many more people who never tell anyone about their attacks. This blog is sharing some good news!
About 1 in 4 people will experience a panic attack at some stage in their life. Panic attacks are characterised by abrupt surges of intense fear and anxiety, that peak within a short time, and cause distressing physical symptoms. Often because the first attack occurs unexpectedly without an obvious trigger, the attack is interpreted as ‘something must be seriously wrong with me’, either physically, or mentally, increasing the anxiety and panic. And because the first attack is so scary, people become afraid of having another attack, the fear of fear develops and Panic Disorder takes hold of you. The good news is there are effective psychological treatments for Panic Disorder. This will be useful if… you have had or think you might suffer with panic attacks […]