Understand this condition
Panic disorder is a common anxiety disorder. Often symptoms start without a clear cause and because they are mainly physical in nature, both the sufferer and the doctor may mistake it for a physical condition. The key feature is the “panic attack” which usually occurs out of the blue. This is a period of fear or discomfort with many physical symptoms. In addition to those mentioned above, others include sweating, shortness of breath, feeling of choking, chest pain, nausea, feeling detached from oneself, fear of dying. A secondary fear can then develop, which becomes a fear of the fear and of places where previous attacks have occurred. For example, a person who has woken from sleep with a panic attack may be too afraid to go to sleep lest it happen again.
Counseling can provide an understanding of the mechanism of panic and anxiety so that a person can manage the rising anxious feelings using cognitive (thinking) techniques. At times, if a person feels that his/her body has completely lost control, then a referral will be made to a doctor for assessment and possible medication.
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