A panic attack is a sudden episode of intense fear that triggers severe physical reactions when there is no real danger or apparent cause. Panic attacks can be very frightening. When panic attacks occur, one might think that they were losing control, having a heart attack or even dying.
Many people have just one or two panic attacks in their lifetimes, and the problem goes away, perhaps when a stressful situation ends. But if one had recurrent, unexpected panic attacks and spent long periods in constant fear of another attack, they may have a condition called panic disorder.
Although panic attacks themselves aren't life-threatening, they can be frightening and significantly affect your quality of life. But treatment can be very effective.
SYMPTOMS OF PANIC ATTACK
Panic attacks typically begin suddenly, without warning. They can strike at any time — when driving a car, at the mall, sound asleep or in the middle of a business meeting.One may have occasional panic attacks, or they may occur frequently.
Panic attacks have many variations, but symptoms usually peak within minutes. You may feel fatigued and worn out after a panic attack subsides
Panic attacks typically include some of these signs or symptoms:
- Sense of impending doom or danger
- Fear of loss of control or death
- Rapid, pounding heart rate
- Trembling or shaking
- Shortness of breath or tightness in throat
- Hot flashes
- Abdominal cramping
- Chest pain
- Dizziness, lightheadedness or faintness
- Numbness or tingling sensation
- Feeling of unreality or detachment
One of the worst things about panic attacks is the intense fear that they will have another one. There may fear having panic attacks so much that you avoid certain situations where they may occur.
CAUSES OF PANIC ATTACK
It's not known what causes panic attacks or panic disorder, but these factors may play a role:
- Major stress
- Temperament that is more sensitive to stress or prone to negative emotions
- Certain changes in the way parts of your brain function
Panic attacks may come on suddenly and without warning at first, but over time, they're usually triggered by certain situations.
HOMOEOPATHIC TREATMENT FOR PANIC ATTACK
Homeopathic treatment depend upon the patient’s specific needs and their particular reaction to stress. For example, someone who suffers from panic attacks that started after the death of a loved one with frequent heart palpitations, occurring only at night, will receive a different remedy to someone whose panic attacks are triggered by performance anxiety before an exam with extreme trembling.some useful homoeopathic medicine for panic attack are
Sepia, Ignatia, Argentum Nitricum, Pulsatilla, Natrum mur