George was a professor at a decent state college. He had to deliver a lecture to freshman students. All was well. Suddenly like a bolt from the blue his heart started beating rapidly. He felt an overwhelming sense of terror. It was like he had entered the lion’s cage in the zoo. He had never felt so terrified before. What was happening to George? To put forth in medical parlance, George was experiencing a full blown panic attack.
A panic attack is not a mental illness. The victim feels a sense of terror out of proportion to his situation. Panic attacks can strike suddenly without warning. People who suffer from panic attacks say it is the most uncomfortable feeling they ever experienced. One cannot compare panic attacks with normal anxiety. Panic attacks are a much more severe and intense feeling.
Sometimes the sufferer develops a fear of having another panic attack. He may refuse to go to places or situations which trigger panic attacks. He is said to have developed panic disorder. His work, studies, and social activities may be curtailed significantly because of this fear.
The duration of the panic attack varies from person to person. Typical symptoms include overwhelming fear, rapid heartbeat, and trembling. He may also feel that he is dying or going crazy. Panic attacks can be treated by a combination of medication and cognitive behavioral therapy.
Panic attacks may be caused because of consumption of excess caffeine. It is found in aerated beverages, tea, or coffee. Meditation may be useful to treat the anxiety which triggers panic attacks. Deep breathing techniques also are popular for keeping panic attacks under control. Yoga is an ancient science which alleviates anxiety and hence prevents panic attacks which has become quite popular in the contemporary era.
Exercise may be useful in preventing panic attacks. When you exercise endomorphins are produced which are feel good hormones. Only if your body is healthy, will your mind follow suit. Hence, have a balanced diet and adopt a regular exercise routine. Panic attacks may be terrifying but you can gradually keep them balanced.