Panic attacks are rushes of intense fear, anxiety, and discomfort most often described as the feeling that something terrible will happen.
Panic attacks last up to half an hour, but people have a subjective experience that they last much longer, will never end or will end with a catastrophe.
The most common symptoms that indicate a panic attack:
- Shortness of breath
- Rapid, pounding heart rate
- Blurred vision
Why one feels panic attacks?
Although people usually cannot explain to others or themselves why they experience a panic attack, more detailed psychological testing shows that there is always a cause. Typical triggers are increased stress, physical and mental exhaustion, illness, conflicts at home or work, constant pressures and strains a person is exposed to and cannot deal with.
Panic attacks rarely occur when people are satisfied, safe, and relaxed.
Some people are more sensitive and more prone to the panic response. That is why our predisposition to panic needs to coincide with a set of circumstances to cause panic attacks.
Panic attacks often occur in the 20s, which makes sense, as this is the period in life when people make plans, set goals, and have great expectations that do not always match their capacity and the amount of support they have from other people.
When it comes to panic attacks, every somatic illness must be ruled out, and it has to be determined with certainty that no organic cause of panic attack exists. If it does, it is first necessary to treat this disorder.
The fact is that panic attacks greatly impair the quality of life and prevent people from leading a normal life.
Treatment of panic attacks at our hospital
When a person experiences a panic attack for the first time, he usually goes to a doctor’s examination. This examination mainly involves an ECG that shows that everything is OK with the heart. The doctor then usually refers the patient to a psychologist.
Our hospital employs top experts that will help you deal with panic attacks. Medications may help alleviate the symptoms of panic attacks but are not sufficient. Only psychotherapy, exposure therapy, lifestyle change, and the acquisition of new knowledge and skills can bring the desired results.
The key factors on which the success of treatment depends is the patient’s will and desire to be cured, and our experts will be there to provide all the necessary support so that the patient can successfully overcome panic attacks and live a relaxed life again.