Are you having panic attacks?
If you’ve ever felt a sudden onset of extreme fear without reason– to the point where you feel you might be dying – you could be suffering from panic attacks. Discover how to cope.
Panic disorder is a serious condition that is twice as common in women as it is in men. It strikes without apparent reason and causes sudden attacks of fear and anxiety.
‘The exact cause of panic disorder is not always fully understood and can be triggered by a combination of things such as stressful life events, imbalance of neurotransmitters (changes in your brain) and even your family genes,’ says clinical psychologist Dr Tanya Boshoff who consults at Mediclinic Potchefstroom. ‘The difference between normal everyday stress and an anxiety disorder is that the aforementioned keeps you from carrying on with your day-to-day functioning. ‘
Panic attacks are a symptom of panic disorder and happen when a sudden increase in adrenaline causes disturbing feelings and sensations that are out of proportion with the actual danger or threat.