Panic disorder affects around a quarter of individuals who see their doctor for treatment of chest discomfort. Patients with chest discomfort typically go undiagnosed and untreated for panic disorder, resulting in frequent visits and significant morbidity.
A panic attack is a brief period of high anxiety accompanied by fearful bodily feelings. A racing heart, shortness of breath, dizziness, trembling, and muscular tension are some of the symptoms. Panic attacks happen often and without warning, and they are typically unrelated to any external threat. A panic episode might last anything from a few minutes to 30 minutes.
A Person with panic attack usually visits cardiologist for examination and after evaluation if cardiac profile is normal, referred to psychiatrist for anxiety managment. Many a times patient avoid seeing psychiatrist due to the social stigma. There are many MYTH surrounding psychiatrist like once you start medication, you need to take lifelong and other common MYTH is “psychiatry medication have long side effects “. Reality is psychiatrist start medication only for severe cases of panic attack and for mild to moderate cases counselling or psychotherapy such as CBT is preferred.
Symtoms of Panic attack :
- An increased awareness of risk and bodily problems.
- Irrational and anxious thinking.
- Sensation of tightening constriction around neck.
- A strong sense of foreboding, danger, or dread.
- Fear of losing control, going insane, or dying.
- Feeling dizzy and lightheaded.
- Chills and tingling, especially in the arms and hands.
- Sweating, trembling, or shaking.
- Flushes that are extremely hot.
- Rapid Heartbeat.
- A tightening sensation in the chest or chest Pain
- Breathing problems, such as shortness of breath
- Nausea and/or stomach pains.
- Muscles tense.
- Dry mouth.
- Feelings of disconnection from the environment and a sense of unreality.
Treatment options for Panic attack At Mind & Mood Clinic, Nagpur
If the panic-like feelings are caused by physical conditions such diabetes or hyperthyroidism, adequate treatment for these illnesses should prevent the panic-like symptoms from returning. If your panic attacks are caused by anxiety, you may be able to benefit from the following treatments:
- Psychotherapy, including cognitive behaviour therapy
- Online CBT or Counselling.
- Biofeedback therapy
- Stress management techniques
- Proper breathing techniques
- Relaxation methods
- Developing problem-solving abilities
- Adjustments to one’s lifestyle, such as nutrition, exercise, and sleep.
Dr. Rameez Shaikh (MBBS, MD, MIPS) is a consultant Psychiatrist & Psychotherapist in Nagpur and works at Mind & Mood Clinic. He believes that faith-based treatment, encompassing spiritual, physical, and mental health, will provide you with the long-lasting knowledge and tool to find happiness and wholeness again. In his spare time, he’s an aspiring singer and writer.