If you or someone you loved has experienced a panic attack, you may quickly recognize the symptoms as an anxiety disorder. However, panic attacks and anxiety attacks are different for a variety of reasons. To differentiate between anxiety disorder and panic disorder, it is important to understand what a panic attack is. A panic attack can be best characterized by a sudden feeling of intense fear, specifically, where there exists no apparent threat or danger. Often, the symptoms of a panic attack are mistaken for those of a heart attack. These attacks can be recurring, a one-time event, and can even be brought about by the thought of relapse.
The Symptoms Of A Panic Attack
- Chest pain
- Trouble swallowing
- Difficulty breathing
- Shortness of breath
- Rapid heartbeat
- Feeling faint
- Hot flashes or chills
- Stomach aches and pain
- Tingling or numbness
- Fear that death is imminent
What Is Panic Disorder?
People suffering from panic disorder typically experience panic attacks frequently. One of the defining factors of panic disorder is the fear of experiencing a panic attack again for at least a month following an attack. The symptoms of panic disorder typically surface with no real trigger, often occurring without warning. It is for this reason that panic disorder can significantly impact your quality of life.
Panic disorder differs from an anxiety disorder in that anxiety disorder is often the result of a situation that can trigger feelings of anxiety and fear, that can lead to panic or anxiety attacks. Panic disorder does not require a triggering event, assaulting an individual as they calming go about their day. For this reason, it is important to recognize the difference between anxiety and panic attacks. A psychiatrist can help you assess your condition and make a diagnosis of either anxiety or panic disorder.
Our Clinicians Can Help You Manage Your Panic Disorder
If you suffer from constant panic attacks or the fear of relapse, our psychiatrists are here to support you. A panic attack can be frightening, but it doesn’t have to affect your day-to-day. Contact us today to learn more about managing the panic disorder.
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