Panic Attack – Sanjana

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My Topic for health buzz is Panic Attacks.

The Reason I chose this topic because my mom was diagnosed with A Panic attack. She had to go to the hospital for regular check ups and sometimes even stayed there. I Soon wanted to know the causes and how she got them, but i gave up. Now i have the chance to tell you, how a panic attack can occur at any point.  So, Many people have faced stress in their life from time to time. Its natural and normal for anyone to get it. I have faced it as well, But this could lead you into having a panic attack, which usually stays in you once you get it.

A Panic Attack is a rush of intense physical symptoms. These symptoms of panic can be frightening and happen suddenly, often not for a clear reason.

What causes Panic attacks? Technically anxiety and panic, to a certain extent, are a necessary part of our survival. However, when levels become so high that they undermine our thought processes, we naturally become afraid of them. Our brains receive a massive surge of nervous signals designed to warn us of imminent danger. The Amygdala, a part of the brain, is activated. The Amygdala controls our anxious responses.

A few people have their Amygdala react with anxiety when there is no imminent danger, making it much more likely that they will experience high anxiety and panic attacks.

The Symptoms of Panic Attacks:

When we are given the signal to react with anxiety we produce Adrenaline (epinephrine). Adrenaline is released in the Adrenal Glands. Some people call adrenaline the “fight or flight” hormone. A release of adrenaline into your system can lead you to:

  • Shortness of breath or hyperventilation.
  • Heart palpitations or a racing heart.
  • Chest pain or discomfort.
  • Trembling or shaking.
  • Choking feeling.
  • Feeling unreal or detached from your surroundings.
  • Sweating.
  • Nausea or upset stomach.

How to Prevent A Panic Attack?

The following simple suggestions that may help you prevent panic attacks:

  • Learn relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing and muscle stretches –Search up some to help you–
  • Eat regular meals to stabilise your blood sugar levels.
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol and smoking – these can make panic attacks worse.

Important:  Should you see your doctor about panic attacks?  

A panic attack “can” make you feel like you’re about to die but it’s mostly harmless once the symptoms pass. But, in some cases, you may need medical advice.

Seek medical advice if:

  • Your panic attack continues after following these breathing techniques for 20 minutes.
  • You still feel unwell after your breathing returns to normal.
  • You still have a rapid or irregular heartbeat or chest pains after your panic attack.
  • You regularly have panic attacks, as this could be a sign that you have A panic disorder.  

So now i hope you understand that stress is not going to last for an hour or so.. and can lead you into great danger. Try using some of those tips to help you prevent them, which i personally would not want to get. Hope you didn’t get too.. bored!

Thank you!

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