Panic Attack

A panic attack is a feeling or overwhelming fear or dread. It temporarily disables you from being your normal self. It might even feel like you are ‘having a heart attack’ or you are ‘about to die’. It causes palpitation, dizziness, shortness of breath, sweating, chills, shivering, nausea, dry mouth, etc. Most people get only a few panic attacks in their lifetime. But if you get such attacks more frequently and are constantly worried when your next attack might be, then you might have panic disorder

Who Is At A Risk Of Developing Panic Disorder?

Mental disorders like depression, agoraphobia, etc. often come with increased frequency of panic attacks. Substance abuse increases the risk of developing panic disorder as well. In some people, this mental condition is genetically predisposed and is triggered by environmental factors.

How To Manage An Episode Of Panic Attack

Breathing Technique: Acknowledge that you are having a panic attack. Sit down or take support to stabilize yourself. Close your eyes; breathe in and breathe out slowly counting to 5.

54321 Technique: The aim of this technique is to soothe your senses and bring you back to reality. Slowly, look around carefully and take a mental note of 5 things that you see. Then, similarly, focus on 4 things you can touch, 3 things you can hear, 2 things you can smell, and finally take a mint or a drink in your mouth that you can taste. Do this exercise slowly, registering all that your senses feel.

Globally, 3.8% women and 1.6% men suffer from panic disorder. An overwhelming percentage of people with mental disorders suffer from frequent panic attacks. If you feel disabled by the fear of getting another panic attack, seek help at Serene Mind Clinic and revive your life!