Panic Attacks

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

At least 20 percent of adult Americans, or about 60 million people, will suffer from panic attacks at some point in their lives. Dr. Edward Hill discusses panic attacks in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A panic attack is an anxiety reaction. When a panic attack happens, the person suddenly feels very afraid or very nervous. Panic attacks can last from a few minutes to several hours. Many things can cause panic attacks, such as being in a crowded place. Sometimes these feelings seem to happen for no reason.

You may be having a panic attack if you have four or more of the following symptoms:

Shortness of breath, or feeling like you cant breathe

Racing heartbeat

Trembling or shaking

Sweating

Hot flushes or chills

Nausea

Feeling like you are choking

Feeling dizzy or unsteady

Feeling that your body is not real

Numbness or tingling in part of your body

Chest pain and

Fear of dying, fear of going crazy, or fear of losing control

The feelings that come with panic attacks are very scary. But worrying about having these feelings can be enough to bring on another panic attack. Your doctor can teach you ways to cope.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.