Panic attacks are without a doubt some of the most frightening experiences. If you are suffering from them, the last thing you want to do is to think about what is happening to you. Your mind wants to be somewhere else – at home, with your friends, and even at work.

Having a panic attack is almost impossible to explain or to understand. Even doctors cannot agree on what makes an attack so severe. Although one expert has explained that you will probably only experience a panic attack after experiencing a death in the family.

Breathing and heartbeat can get irregular. Some people even faint. If this happens, you need to be taken to a hospital as soon as possible. It could happen to you as well.

The most common physical symptoms include sweating, shortness of breath, nausea, chest pain, and choking. Not everyone experiences all these, of course. Some people just suffer from shortness of breath.

The first thing you should know is that a trip to the doctor is always the safest bet. It is important to go because there is nothing worse than going to the doctor and getting the wrong diagnosis. This could result in some serious health problems down the road.

Before taking any medication to treat your panic attacks, it is important to go and get a doctor’s appointment to discuss things. A visit to the doctor will help you gain access to some medicines that are available today. Some of these medicines can be a little more expensive, but they may be worth it if they work.

So why does one have a panic attack? It’s not fully understood, but researchers have been studying this subject for quite some time. One popular theory is that your mind will create an internal struggle. In other words, your mind is creating anxiety, and it is trying to create a sensation of control.

Believe it or not, some people will even have a panic attack just because they believe they are not able to control it. For example, a person may think that he cannot control how he feels. As such, he might have a panic attack. Thus, his mind takes advantage of this to get the perception that he is powerless.

Another theory is that when a person has a panic attack, it is because he is engaging in a psychological process. In other words, he is engaging in a habit. He may do something to “over-condition” himself to an attack. However, once he is accustomed to it, he thinks he will be safe from a panic attack.

There is also a theory that panic attacks are caused by issues with the thyroid. Doctors believe that some thyroid medications can have an effect on the brain and can cause someone to experience a panic attack. Obviously, the person suffering from the panic attack does not like the thought of being on thyroid medication.

Of course, none of this information will be helpful to you if you suffer from panic attacks. I strongly suggest that you talk to your doctor about your condition. You will be surprised at how easy it is to get some relief from these attacks.

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