Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder
- Have you, all of a sudden, had intense feelings of anxiety, fear, or panic?
- Did you have feelings of doom or an urge to flee?
- Did this panic attack involve a few of the following symptoms?
- Heart palpitations
- Trembling or shaking
- A choking sensation or a lump in your throat
- Difficulty breathing
- Nausea, stomach problems, or sudden diarrhea
- Feeling dizzy, unsteady, lightheaded or faint
- Feeling like things around you were unreal
- Fear of losing control or going crazy
- Fear of dying
- Tingling or numbness in parts of your body
- Chills or hot flashes
- Do you have anxiety about places or situations where help might not be available, or escape might be difficult or embarrassing? For example: Being alone away from home; being home alone; crowds; travelling in a bus, train, or car; crossing a bridge; taking an elevator.
- Do you avoid places or situations because you are worried to have symptoms of anxiety or a panic attack? Or do you need a companion to face them?
- Does your anxiety or avoidance get in the way of your ability to do daily tasks such as go to appointments; get groceries; attend work or school?
Treatment can help you to :
- Decrease your frequency of panic attacks
- Feel less distressed about the physical and psychological symptoms of anxiety
- Reduce your avoidance of places and situations
- Feel more confident to go out and get things done
Why treatment is important?
People often try to avoid things that trigger their anxiety. While this can be helpful in the short-term, it can often lead to serious long-term consequences. Avoidance tends to increase and prolong fear of places and situations, making your safety zone smaller and smaller over time.