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Tips to cope with Panic attacks

Tags: Mental illness, Anxiety

A panic attack is a sudden episode of intense fear that triggers severe physical reactions when there is no real danger or apparent cause. Panic attacks can be very frightening. When panic attacks occur, you might think you're losing control, having a heart attack or even dying.

Many people have just one or two panic attacks in their lifetimes, and the problem goes away, perhaps when a stressful situation ends. But if you've had recurrent, unexpected panic attacks and spent long periods in constant fear of another attack, you may have a condition called panic disorder.

Although panic attacks themselves aren't life-threatening, they can be frightening and significantly affect your quality of life. But treatment can be very effective.

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Sam says...

I remember I was in the shop and suddenly I felt this overwhelming feeling of insecurity and fear of death. I immediately started hyperventilating. It was very scary. In about an hour it was over but I did not know what was going on at the time. I really just wanted to go to the hospital but something in my head told me it wasn't all that serious. After many years, I now know I just had a panic attack and it is a lot easier to deal with it as I know that I only imagine the whole thing. Who knows what will happen when I really fall ill. I hope I will know the difference. :) Anyway, the way I have overcome it or manage it rather is that when it happens I tell myself this is just my imagination and try to distract myself. In about 10-15 minutes it's over. I also noticed it happened more often when I abused alcohol, or coffee. Meditation can be helpful too.

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