In a recent "This is Us" episode, Randall experienced a panic attack, the effects of stress and chronic anxiety. Randall is sitting in his office when his vision goes blurry and his hands start shaking. When he calls his brother Kevin and cancels, luckily, Kevin realizes something is wrong, and he comes to the aid of Randall.
Whether as a victim of anxiety or as a friend or family member of someone suffering from the disorder, recognizing the signs of a panic attack and dealing with the symptoms are important.
- Panic attacks often start in childhood. While the first attack may come out of the blue, subsequent attacks may be triggered by stress.
- Signs of a panic attack may include shaking, sweating, hyperventilating, and difficulty breathing.
- Other symptoms include blurry vision, which may give the person a feeling of detachment from reality.
- Those experiencing a panic attack may also feel disconnected from their own bodies.
- Because a racing heart is one symptom of a panic attack, people may think they are experiencing a heart attack, causing them to go to the hospital.
- Those who experience reoccurring panic attacks may have panic disorder. Panic disorder affects roughly 6 million people in the United States.
- Medication and psychotherapy can help people deal with anxiety and panic attacks.
- While you cannot take a friend or family member’s pain away, being there for the person and assuring the person that everything will be alright is important.
- While panic attacks can feel overwhelming at the time, most attacks last less than ten minutes.
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