A panic attack can happen at any time and there’s practically no way to predict them. It’s really difficult to describe what a person feels during a panic attack, but the closest definition would probably be an overwhelming feeling of fear & anxiety accompanied by shortage of breathe, increased heart rate and, in some cases, even confusion.
Panic attacks are a very terrifying experience and sometimes the person suffering from one might feel like they’re losing their mind or dying. This condition is sometimes confused for a heart attack. This is due to the fact that an attack can happen at any time, even while you’re sleeping or relaxing on the beach.
Panic attacks happen in both perfectly healthy and unhealthy individuals. In some cases they can accompany other health disorders, such as depression or social phobia. However, in most cases people who experience panic attacks are perfectly healthy overall. These episodes are triggered by specific situations which can be really hard to pin point. Regrettably, panic attacks do tend to reoccur, especially when the person is faced with the same situation again.
Some of the most common signs of a panic attack are shortness of breath, increased heart rate, shaking, feeling detached from your surroundings, dizziness, cold flashes, excessive sweating and light-headedness.
If you have a family history of panic attacks or panic disorders, or are under constant stress and feel anxious, there are a few things you should avoid. Coffee or any caffeinated substances tend to make anxiety worse and can provoke a panic attack. Smoking has similar affects to caffeine on those who are naturally stressed and anxious about a lot of things.
Exercise and yoga are great natural ways to treat panic disorders and avoid panic attacks from reoccurring. If you’re constantly under a lot of stress, try to find the time to go on a 20-30 minute walk every evening. Or enrol in a yoga class 2-3 times a week.