Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Panic disorder


Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder where the sufferer has recurrent panic attacks. During these panic attacks, people experience the inability to do all sorts of things, things that would normally do without any difficulty. They feel a lack of control over their own body, a false perception that they are useless against these anxiety seizures. Before an episode of panic attack, sufferers experience strong feelings of inadequacy related o the situation they’re in and the people whom they interact with.

Panic disorder may include certain transformations in one’s behavior, changes that last for at least a month and a constant fear by anticipating future attacks.
Panic disorder mustn’t be mistaken for another similar anxiety and social disorder called agoraphobia, although it is common amongst sufferers of panic disorder. Agoraphobia defines the irrational fear of facing crowds of people and foreign people in general. 

Panic disorder is not usually life-threatening illness. Health of panic attacks sufferers is endangered by their over-reaction towards the symptoms that they experience and also the strong anxiety towards potential future episodes of panic attacks. Many think they could die because of this mental disorder and this often triggers and exaggerates other attacks.
Fear of this panic disorder is not completely rational, because it is not a lethal condition, and can be actually controlled and treated successfully. To be diagnosed with such a disorder, people have to experience sudden, recurrent panic attacks followed by a single, if not several, behavioral changes that have to last for at least a month. There are two types of panic disorder: one accompanied by agoraphobia, and one without this disorder.
A cause for panic disorder has yet to be discovered. Nevertheless, it has been found that panic disorder runs in the family, so genetic inheritance might be a triggering factor.
People that react to the environment in a certain way, covered by anxiety and self doubts may develop a tendency to experience ongoing panic attack episodes. Other factors that might trigger this unhealthy behavior are stressful events, life transitions, traumas and other psychological factors.
Panic attacks are intense and exaggerated by extreme anxiety. They don’t last very long, ranging from one to five minutes, and no more than twenty minutes. Panic attacks may come in several, continuous episodes with little pause between them, the length of symptoms increasing to a few hours. The bodily reactions that occur during panic attacks are rapid pulse, perspiration, trembling, irrational and uncontrollable fear, dizziness, nausea, etc
This disorder usually interacts in a negative way with the social experiences of the sufferer, making him withdrawn, isolated, with a constant lack of confidence and self-doubt.
Therapy along with certain medication can successfully treat panic disorder. If several, healthCare review  states that, unusual panic attacks occur, without being triggered by drugs, alcohol etc, visit to a medical doctor is highly recommended.

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