About Panic Attacks
Panic Attacks are like an urgent response to your body’s imagination of danger, stress and anxiety.
The smallest thing can create a panic attack, something as simple as someone raising their voice while talking can make the person who suffers from panic attacks to go into melt down, with a racing heart, instant sweating, being out of breath, shaking and feeling sick.
Certain things can trigger a panic attack, this depends on what’s happened in your past, it could be something as simple as a car that’s too close to you while walking along a road, it could give flash backs if you have experienced something horrible, this can cause a panic attack immediately.
My panic attacks just appear from nowhere, I can’t breathe properly, I feel like I’m going into melt down and cry uncontrollably.
Panic attacks happen at any time, even while sleeping, you can wake up suddenly in a shock and be sweating and heart racing and feeling dizzy and finding it difficult to breathe.
Panic attacks normally last up to 30 minutes, in most cases they peak about half way through sometimes sooner or a little longer, but they can also come in two’s, so you can be part way through one panic attack and the second one hits, they can be very scary indeed, but when this happens, its best to try to stay as calm as possible, think of positive situations or happy memories to try to divert the brains thinking process.
During a panic attack, try to focus on your breathing, see if you can talk to someone about what’s happening, if it’s at night a soft toy perhaps to cuddle, or a partner if you have one, sometimes trying to focus on an object can help to control your breathing.
How can panic attacks affect you?
- Suddenly feeling extremely hot or cold
- Shaking sensation
- Heart racing
- Sweating heavily
- Instant vomiting
- Out of breath
- Feeling faint
- Feeling like your falling over