The symptoms include:
"1. shortness of breath,
3. accelerated heart rate,
4. trembling or shaking,
7. nausea or abdominal distress,
8. feeling unreal,
9. numbness or tingling sensations,
10. hot or cold flashes,
11. chest pain,
12. fear of dying, and
13. fear of going crazy or losing control." (Kernodle, pg 10). Before being treated for a panic disorder, you need to rule out all other possible conditions that are commonly mistaken for as a panic attack.
"Anxiety becomes a problem, and a disorder should be considered when:
· It is of greater intensity and duration than expected,
· It leads to impairment or disability in occupational, social, or interpersonal functioning,
· Daily activities are disrupted by the avoidance of certain situations in an attempt to diminish the anxiety,
· It includes clinically significant, unexplained physical symptoms and (or) obsessions, compulsions, and intrusive recollections or memories of trauma." (Can J Psychiatry, pg 10).
When two or more conditions appear together, this is called a co-morbid disorder. "Up to 75% of those who are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder have at least one other co-morbid psychiatric...