Don’t Panic!

A panic attack episode can strike at any time and may cause sudden periods of intense fear or apprehension.  Many who experience a panic attack have intense feelings of frightening dizziness, craziness or may even imagine they are having a heart attack.  The onset of a panic attack can begin unexpectedly (even during sleep and periods of relaxation) and most commonly reaches full climax in about 10 minutes.  Often panic attacks will last for 30 minutes and seldom last more than an hour.  Panic attacks usually occur outside of the home, but keep in mind they can happen at anytime and anyplace.

Symptoms of a Panic Attack –

  • Heart palpitations
  • Dizzy, lightheadedness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Numbness or tingling sensations
  • Feeling of disconnection from your surroundings
  • Choking feeling
  • Fear of losing control and unable to escape the situation

Some people may suffer a panic attack only once or twice.  Recurrent panic attacks can happen as part of another disorder, such as depression, panic disorder, or social phobia.  If you are suffering from panic attacks, there is help for you.  There are several effective treatments and encouraging options you can utilize to stop the panic from taking over your life.  Please contact the expert physicians of Dominion Internal Medicine today at 540-878-5408 for more information or visit us @  Most insurances are accepted!

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