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Anxiety Disorder relating to panic disorder or panic attacks

Anxiety Disorder relating to panic disorder or panic attacks

Panic attack - a sudden or intense fear, anxiety or sense of impending doom, which reaches a peak very quickly.

There are known to be three types of panic attack, these are;

Spontaneous panic - Associated to panic disorder this anxiety disorder can come without warning at any time regardless of location or situation.

Spontaneous panic often happens during sleep, waking the sufferer in its throws causing the person to think they are having a heart attack or something similar.

Panic attacks happen consciously as a response to an unusual sensation.

In other words, when unusual sensations, which are common in anxiety disorders, suddenly rear their heads, the sufferer's immediate reaction is to panic.

The brain has been programmed to respond like this through repeated experience.

This reaction starts a downward spiral of anxiety symptoms, the more symptoms there are, the more the person panics and the more they panic the more the symptoms occur.

Fear breeds fear and the cycle starts.

Specific panic attacks - these attacks happen in relation to a specific situation or place that causes fear.

These attacks are usually the response to agoraphobia or post traumatic stress disorder where revisiting the site of a car crash for example, could cause an attack.

Situational panic - although these attacks, like specific panic attacks, usually happen in certain situations, they are not caused by that situation.

For example a woman who has a panic attack on a bus, may only suffer them in that situation occasionally.

She is predisposed to having attacks on the bus but it is not a response to fear of the bus.

Anxiety | by Dr. Radut