Learn more about panic disorder

By admin
01 August 2013

Panic disorder can be a debilitating disease but if diagnosed correctly, it’s highly treatable.

Are you afraid of going outside, flying on a plane or getting into an elevator? It could be you’re suffering from panic disorder.

About three per cent of the population has this condition, which can cause unpredictable and sudden fear. Those with panic disorder also develop phobias, especially an intense fear of more panic attacks. This makes them avoid places where previous attacks took place.

For example, someone who had a panic attack while driving might fear getting behind the wheel again, even if it’s just to go to the local supermarket down the road, the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) says.

Luckily, with the right treatment and therapy, 90 per cent of people recover, but it’s important to know what you’re experiencing is a panic attack and get the necessary help.

Learn to identify the symptoms of a panic attack:

  • Unexpected and recurrent attacks of terror that might feel like a heart attack.
  • You feel out of control.
  • An intense worry about when the next attack will happen.
  • Avoiding places where prior attacks have happened.
  • Physical symptoms: pounding heart, sweating, breathing problems, chest and stomach pain, dizziness, numb or tingly hands and experiencing cold chills or hot flushes.

SOURCE: sadag.org, timeslive.co.za

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