Individuals with Panic disorder have feelings of terror and of fear that strike all of a sudden and over and over, regularly with no notice. The recurrence and seriousness of attacks and side effects can differ generally. An individual with this condition generally can’t anticipate when an assault will happen, thus many create serious uneasiness between events, stressing in between when and where the following one will strike. Between fits of anxiety, there is a steady, waiting stress that another could come at any moment.
Panic attack disorder is essentially revolved around fits of anxiety. Fits of anxiety regularly comprise of a beating heart, dampness, a sentiment of shortcoming, faintness, or tipsiness. The hands may shiver or feel numb, the individual may feel flushed or chilled. There can be chest torment or covering sensations, a feeling of falsity, a dread of approaching fate, or loss of control.
Panic disorder strikes between 3 and 6 million Americans, and is twice as common in women as in men. It can appear at any age — in children or in the elderly — but most often it begins in young adults. Not everyone who experiences panic attacks will develop panic disorder. For example, many people have a single panic attack and never experience another. For those who do have panic disorder, though, it’s important to seek treatment. Untreated, the disorder can become debilitating.
Panic disorder is often accompanied by other conditions such as depression or alcohol/drug use to cope with or prevent symptoms. It may spawn phobias, which can develop in places or situations where panic attacks have occurred. For example, if a panic attack strikes while you’re riding an elevator, you may develop a fear of elevators and perhaps start avoiding them.
Some people’s lives become greatly restricted — they avoid normal, everyday activities such as grocery shopping, driving, or in some cases even leaving the house. On the other hand, they may be able to confront a feared situation only if accompanied by a spouse or another trusted person. Basically, they avoid any situation they fear would make them feel helpless if a panic attack occurs.
Panic disorder is associated with high levels of social, occupational, and physical disability; considerable economic costs; and the highest number of medical visits among the anxiety disorders, although the effects are strongest with the presence of agoraphobia.