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Panic Attack

A panic attack is when a person gets terrified or is overwhelmed with fear without any apparent danger. These episodes can be frightening and the person having it generally thinks that he or she is having a heart attack or losing control or even dying. Panic attacks can occur anytime, even during sleep.

If a person has recurrent episodes and spends significant time in constant fear of another attack, he or she may have a panic disorder.

How do you know it’s a panic attack?

Panic attack is a sudden and strong feeling of fear. Here are some of the signs that indicate a panic attack:

  • Fast heartbeat
  • Sweating
  • Shaking
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest Pain
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Tingling sensation
  • Hot flashes or chills

These episodes are usually brief and last no more than 10 minutes. People who have had a panic attack once are at a higher risk of having another one compared to those who never had a panic attack.

What causes a panic attack?

Although the exact cause remains unknown, there are certain factors which put you at risk. These include:

  • Genetic factors
  • Severe stress
  • Sensitivity to fear or stress
  • Traumatic experiences
  • Excessive use of alcohol or drugs

How is it diagnosed?

The diagnostic process involves understanding the patient’s symptoms, thoughts, feelings & behaviour patterns along with a series of psychological tests. Certain lab and/or imaging might be required to rule out any other physical problems that may cause such symptoms.

How can it be treated?

Panic attacks can be effectively treated with the help of one of more of the following methods:

  • Medications
  • Talk therapy
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Lifestyle changes

Why choose Dr. Meghna?

Dr Meghna is one of the best psychotherapists in Hyderabad, with immense passion to help people with mental health issues. She employs the evidence based techniques to overcome your problems. Dr. Meghna can help you gain an in-depth insight into the root cause of your panic attack and cope with them effectively if & when occur again.

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