Do You Have a True Panic Disorder?

You hear the term all the time from different people saying that they just panicked in a stressful situation. When describing such a panic attack, they may say they have a panic disorder.

In many cases, these individuals have formulated their own ideas about what constitutes a panic attack or disorder based on something they read or someone they saw on TV. The problem is, they may have an incorrect self-diagnosis.

What is panic disorder?

Let’s look at the definition of panic disorder. Generally speaking, people who have multiple and sudden attacks of fear, usually lasting for several minutes or longer are experiencing panic attacks or panic disorder. This is the clinical and accepted definition of panic disorder.

Many times, the individual experiencing a panic attack, has a fear of an almost certain disaster or loss of control. In most cases, as a strong physical or physiological response to this fear. In many cases, individual feels that they’re having a heart attack with shortness of breath and chest pain. Often, the afflicted individual feels as if they are going to die as they cannot seem to catch their breath.

While this may be a perceived threat to the individual experiencing a panic attack or disorder is indeed as real as it gets to the person who is having a panic attack. It is very important to remember that this person genuinely feels that they are truly having a heart attack and cannot breathe. It would be quite easy to dismiss this person as having something all in their head.

In reality, millions of people around the world suffer from some form of panic attack or disorder. The amount of time that this costs the average business in lost worker production is tremendous. Panic disorder affects not only the workplace, but also the afflicted individuals home and social life. This is due in part to the nature of the disease itself.

Treatment for Panic Attacks

For many with a panic disorder, they will suffer in silence. Their weird behavior is often attributed to being eccentric. These sufferers will remain tormented by their fears, and never seek professional help.

The good news is that many others with panic disorder do find professional help for their problems. In the 21st century, there are far more modes of therapy available to help people overcome their fears and panic. It is crucial that anyone who thinks that they or loved one are suffering with symptoms of panic disorder, seek help as soon as possible. The more quickly one is properly assessed by a medical professional and treatment started, the sooner one can start resume a more healthy and productive life.

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