Ishani Sharma – Panic Attacks

The health issue I’d like to present is panic attacks. This is important because a lot of people might get panic attacks in their life and not know how to deal with them, and I just want to let people know some facts so the concept is not too foreign. I picked this issue because I’ve always been curious about panic attacks and wanted to know more about them. I also wanted people to know about them because, like I mentioned previously, some people might get them and not know how to deal with them. This issue affects teenagers because they could have a lot of anxiety about school, sports, and electives that could eventually lead to a panic attack.
Panic attacks are a sudden overwhelming feeling of anxiety and fear. Sometimes when your brain senses danger or if you’re in an uncomfortable situation, your body goes into a fight or flight instinct. This means that your body releases adrenaline and other hormones so that you can either fight: face the situation, or flight: run or escape. I learnt that panic attacks are different from a panic disorder. A panic disorder is having repetitive panic attacks over a period of time, while, and panic attack is just one attack. I also learnt that a panic attacks can last from 5-30 minutes long. Panic attacks can also have the following symptoms: racing heart, dizziness, trembling or shaking, numbness or tingling sensation, sweating, hyperventilation, and nausea. Some problems with panic attacks is that they seem completely random. There doesn’t seem to be a reason for the attack, you just get it and don’t know what to do. You could also get scared of going outside, in case you have a panic attack in public, and everyone sees. Another problem is that it could cause you to be scared of closed spaces, because if you get a panic attack in an elevator, or a situation like that, you’ll be alone, and no one could help you. In my opinion, I believe that panic attacks should be taught during wellness because they could happen to adolescents. If someone is stressed about school, studies, or sports, it could eventually build up into a panic attacks, and the just get worse from there.Panic attack icon design
In conclusion, its important for you to know about panic attacks because they could happen to you, and just knowing about them can help you calm down and relax. If you ever do experience a panic attack, try to make yourself remember that the maximum amount of time you will be in this situation is 30 minutes and then the attack will be over. Some other ways to calm yourself during a panic attack is to have some relaxing music on a phone or i-pod. That way when you feel a panic attack coming, you can turn on your phone and try to relax. A symptom of panic attacks i hyperventilation so if you try to control your breathing and take deep breathes, it can help you calm dow. Carrying around a stress relieving spray, made from natural essential oils, can help calm you down too. Just spray some on your wrists and take deep breaths. If you get repetitive panic attacks (panic disorder) then make sure you consult a doctor.

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