The feeling that everything is swirling around you and that the world is ending right before your eyes is a horrible experience. When you have a panic disorder, however, this can be a fairly regular occurrence during times of stress. If you've felt these kinds of out of control feelings before, you might have suffered from a panic attack. But to make sure that you are doing what's best for your body, here is the basic background on panic attacks, what they feel like, and when you should seek help.
Defining Panic Attacks
In truth, there are a lot of possible definitions of panic attacks - and they vary from person to person. But what is known is that panic attacks occur when the body gets a rush of adrenaline, causing it to feel the 'fight or flight' response. The body becomes very excited and energized, but also tense and nervous while the adrenaline moves through the blood stream. These attacks can often last for twenty minutes to up to a few hours, depending on how fast the adrenaline can be used up.
Often without a discernable cause, panic attacks are generally precipitated by a stressful event, but can also occur for no reason at all. When a person has a panic attack the first time, it can often lead to subsequent panic attacks because the person now fears that it will happen again and again.
Just as every person is different every panic attack can have different signs and symptoms. These symptoms can include:
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Grant Eckert is a writer for CareLink. CareLink is a leading provider of Community Support Services| Bipolar Treatment
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