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Information on Panic Attacks

Panic attack was first recognised and included in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic& Statistical Manual (DSM) 111 in 1980. Ongoing research has greatly increased the knowledge and understanding of this Disorder.  Panic attack is a sudden rush of uncomfortable physical symptoms coupled with thoughts of impending doom (making a scene, heart attack, not being able to breathe).  

Spontaneous panic attacks comes without any apparent warning warning, day or night, irrespective of what the person is doing. Many people report that panic attacks happen when they are relatively 'calm' or 'relaxed' eg when they are watching TV or reading a book. 

Facts on Panic Attacks

One out of every 75 people worldwide will experience a panic attack at one time in their lives. In any given year, about 1/3 of American adults have at least one panic attack ; most of these adults never develop repeated panic attacks. This startling data means that anxiety attacks and panic attacks are the most common emotional disorders and are more common than  bipolar disorder, OCD schizophrenia, PTSD, ADHD, phobias, alcohol abuse or depression. Anxiety and panic attacks also has the lowest rates - about 21% - for seeking help and finding it.  Sadly these numbers are on the rise every day.

Consult your local library, medical professional, and check out a few internet sites to start with. Usually a particular web site will belong to an organization. In this case, panic attacks have several organizations that are not interested in turning a profit but rather want to help those suffering with this affliction.affected by frequent panic attacks, a condition known as panic disorder.

Although panic attacks were once dismissed as nerves or stress, they're now recognized as a potentially disabling, but treatable condition. A variety of approaches, including medications, therapy and relaxation techniques, can help you control or prevent panic attacks.

Do not trust those organizations offering information on panic attacks that have little to no actual credentials. If they claim to be doctors, check them out with a medical organization. If they are a business out for profit, do not trust their information unless it checks out with other reputable sources. It is always important to get more than one piece of information on any topic, let alone something that could be a matter of life and death.

Disclaimer: This site is for educational purposes only. The information provided should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease. If you have, or suspect you have a health problem, you should consult your health care provider.