Boston Neurobehavioral Associates
Psychiatry & Psychotherapist located in New Bedford, MA & Brockton, MA
A panic attack is a sudden episode of intense fear or panic accompanied by physical symptoms like heart palpitations and shortness of breath.
Panic Attacks Q&A
What causes panic attacks?
Panic attacks can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, environmental stressors, and underlying mental health conditions such as anxiety disorders.
How can I tell if I'm having a panic attack?
Symptoms of a panic attack may include rapid heartbeat, sweating, trembling, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, dizziness, and a sense of unreality or fear of losing control or dying.
What should I do if I'm having a panic attack?
It's important to stay calm and remind yourself that the panic attack will pass. Try deep breathing exercises, visualization, or other relaxation techniques to help manage symptoms. If symptoms persist or become severe, seek medical attention.
How are panic attacks treated?
Treatment for panic attacks may involve therapy, medication, or a combination of both. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and medication such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are commonly used.
Can panic attacks be prevented?
While it may not be possible to completely prevent panic attacks, managing stress and anxiety, getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, and exercising regularly may help reduce the frequency and severity of panic attacks.
Are panic attacks dangerous?
Panic attacks themselves are not physically dangerous, but they can be very frightening and may cause physical symptoms that can be mistaken for a heart attack or other medical emergency. It's important to seek medical attention if you are unsure about your symptoms.
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