Don't let out-of-the-blue fear and anxiety overwhelm your life and negatively affect your health.
Panic attacks can be unpredictable, frightening, and cause us to fear another episode – but seeking treatment to manage their causes can help reduce their frequency. Learn more about understanding panic disorders:
What is a panic disorder?
A panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder that can be characterized as reoccurring panic attacks, which can manifest in physical symptoms that resemble those of a heart attack. The condition affects about 6 million American adults and is twice as common in women as men.
What are the symptoms of a panic disorder?
Although they vary from person to person, signs and symptoms of panic disorder or repeated panic attacks can include:
- Sudden, repeated attacks of fear
- A feeling of being out of control
- Intense worry about when the next panic attack will happen
- Pounding or racing heart
- Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
- Weakness or dizziness
- Hot or cold flashes
- Tingly or numb hands
- Chest pain, which can resemble symptoms of a heart attack
- Stomach pain
To learn more about living with panic disorder, read Helen's story in our Health Library.
Are there treatments for panic disorders?
If you suffer from a panic disorder, know there there are treatments available. Successful lifestyle changes, including medication, relaxation techniques, and therapy, may be prescribed by your physician.
To manage panic attacks, try these suggestions:
- Avoid excessive alcohol
- Avoid excessive caffeine
- Avoid drug use
- Remain well-rested
- Schedule quiet time
Medical Center of McKinney is dedicated to understanding, diagnosing, and successfully treating panic attack and anxiety disorders. If you or a loved one could benefit from medical care, please visit our website to learn more about how we can help. To find a physician, call us 1-855-296-6265.