Are panic attacks insanity?
Panic attacks are a pain for some people, difficulty in breathing, raised heartbeat, intense sweating, and tremors, all of these symptoms occur to a person who has panic attacks.
So , Let us know more in this article about panic attacks, their symptoms, causes, and ways to cope with them.
What are panic attacks?
Firstly, it is a sudden state of fear or anxiety, with a sense of fatigue. A lot of people who suffer from panic attacks, they have difficulty breathing, Hyperhidrosis, shivering, irregular heartbeat, and feel like they are going to die or go crazy.
Secondly, a panic attack occurs once. However, many people have regular attacks, or in other words, recurring panic attacks, frequently happen because of a specific situation, such as being in heights, closed places, or crossing a bridge – especially if this situation caused a panic attack before.
In addition, this situation causes anxiety, and fear is often the situation in which you feel the risk and the incapability to escape and leads to the body’s reaction to fight or run away.
The rate of panic and fear differs from one person to another. A person may undergo one or more attacks and be glad and in good health, or it may occur as part of another disorder, such as depression. In all cases, you can diminish panic attacks or stop them in certain ways.
What are the symptoms of panic attacks?
Panic attacks occur at any time, even during sleep. And the fear and anxiety that a person has during a panic attack are not proportional to reality. Even, it may not be related to what is happening around them.
most importantly , The signs and symptoms of a panic attack expand suddenly and usually peak within 10 minutes, infrequently stay more than an hour, and most resolve within 20 to 30 minutes.
- Shortness of breath or raised breathing
- Fast heart rate (Tachycardia)
- Chest pain or discomfort
- shivering and shaking
- Feeling suffocated
- Feeling unreality or detachment from your surroundings
- Nausea or upset stomach (Indigestion)
- Dizziness or fainting
- Feeling of numbness
- Fear of death, loss of control, or insanity.
What are the causes of panic attacks?
Above all, panic attacks causes are not obvious. But, it is clear that is associated with important life events such as graduation, entering the workplace, getting married or having a child, severe stress, the death of a loved one, divorce, job loss, or trauma.
Moreover , It can also occur for medical reasons. If you are exposed to a panic attack, it is important to consult a doctor to rule out the following possibilities :
- Mitral valve prolapse: is a simple heart problem that occurs when one of the heart valves does not close correctly.
- Overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism)
- Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
- Overuse of stimulants (amphetamines, cocaine, caffeine)
9 methods to control panic attacks
1- Deep breathing
Because of quick breathing is one of the most important symptoms of panic attacks, deep breathing diminishes the attack, take an inhale for a count of four, hold it for a second, then exhale for a count of four, and so on.
2- Remind yourself
that’s necessary to remind yourself that, it’s just an attack and not a heart attack.
3- Close your eyes
To reduce stimuli around you, close your eyes during a panic attack. This can obstruct any additional stimuli and make it easier to focus on your breathing.
4- Focus on your favorite physical sensations
Such as, setting your feet on the ground, or cuddling someone you love.
5- Imagine a place that makes you delighted
What is the coziest place in the world you can think of? Sunny beach with nice waves? And no hut on the mountains? Imagine yourself there, and try to focus on the details as much as possible.
6- Do light exercise
If you can breathe well, do simple sports such as walking or running.
7- Keep some lavender oil
Lavender is known to be soothing and relaxing to stress and can help your body to relax.
8- Avoid smoking, alcohol, and caffeine
All of these can trigger panic attacks in vulnerable people.
9- Get enough sleep
Insufficient or interrupted sleep may increase anxiety.
Is there a relationship between panic attacks and paranoid attacks?
Panic attack occurs as a reaction of extreme and severe anxiety, with a host of associated physiological signs, including tachycardia (irregular heart rate) and sweating, breathing, and so on.
it includes a cognitive component, a feeling of freak out and predicted catastrophe, loss of control, or “going crazy”.
These cognitive elements might be the mind elaborating while pursuing to explain sudden, unexplainable fear.
The paranoid thoughts expressed by a person with paranoid attacks also might mean the cognitive elaboration of a panic attack, the result of a cognitive search to attribute such risk to a suitably wicked component of the environment.
In conclusion , Possibly panic and paranoia share some underlying biological substrate.
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