If you have regular attacks of fear of panic you could have panic disorder. This is an anxiety disorder that can be quite frightening. Some people find themselves in a vicious circle, they become afraid of being afraid and they can feel anxious most of the time. While attacks can be frightening, they are not dangerous and are unlikely to result in you being admitted to hospital. However, attacks can appear to consume your life and make day-to-day living difficult. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Everyone gets anxious from time to time, it is a completely natural response to dangerous or stressful situations. However, those who have panic disorder can feel anxious, panicked or stress any time and often for no reason. 

The Symptoms of Panic Disorder 

Some of the symptoms of panic disorder include:

Anxiety 

When you feel anxious you may also feel quite uneasy. Sometimes you might feel mildly anxious whereas other times you might feel severely anxious. At times like these, you might feel fearful and worried. 

You might begin to avoid some situations because you’re worried they will trigger an anxiety or panic attack. This can add to your sense of fear and panic and cause you to have even more panic attacks. 

Panic attacks

During a panic attack, you are likely to have a rush of physical and mental symptoms. Occasionally, you might have a panic attack for no apparent reason. 

Some of the symptoms of a panic attack can include:

  • A choking sensation
  • A churning stomach
  • A racing heartbeat
  • Chest pain
  • Chills
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Feeling disconnected from your body
  • Feeling faint
  • Feeling of dread or of dying
  • Hot flushes
  • Nausea
  • Needing the toilet
  • Pins and needles or numbness in parts of your body including your fingers
  • Ringing in your ears
  • Shaking limbs
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating
  • Trembling

Panic attacks can last between 5 and 20 minutes. However, some people have had a panic attack that has lasted up to one hour. 

The number and frequency of attacks will depend on the severity of your condition. You might, therefore, experience an attack once or twice a month or even a few times each week.

Please note, some of the above symptoms can be symptoms of other conditions. This means you might not necessarily be having a panic attack.  

When To Get Help 

If you are experiencing the symptoms of panic disorder you should speak to your doctor. They will ask you about your symptoms, their frequency, and how long you have been experiencing them. Your doctor might also physically examine you so they can rule out any other conditions. 

Treatment for Panic Disorder 

Some of the treatments for panic disorder can include:

  • Talking therapies
  • Psychological therapies
  • Medication
  • Contacting support groups

The treatment you’re offered will depend on your symptoms and how long you have been experiencing them. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk