Understanding Panic Attacks: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments Admin March 18, 2024

Understanding Panic Attacks: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

Panic attacks are sudden, intense surges of fear, panic, or anxiety. They are far more intense than the feeling of being ‘stressed out’ that most people experience. Globally, millions of people experience panic attacks, and the situation is no different in the UAE. Recognizing and understanding these experiences are crucial steps toward recovery.

What Does a Panic Attack Feel Like?

Panic attacks can occur without warning, and symptoms vary widely. They can be described as follows:

Expanded Physical Symptoms
  • Racing Heart and Chest Pounding: These are signs your body is preparing to face a perceived threat, pumping more blood to your muscles.
  • Difficulty Breathing: This symptom can make you feel like you’re suffocating, often exacerbated by the body’s natural response to stress—hyperventilation.
  • Chest Pain and Discomfort: This can be so severe that some people mistake it for a heart attack.
  • Dizziness and Nausea: These symptoms are related to changes in your blood pressure and stress hormone levels during a panic attack.
Expanded Psychological Symptoms
  • Overwhelming Fear of Loss of Control: This fear can escalate the physical symptoms, creating a cycle of increasing panic.
  • Detachment from Reality: Known as depersonalization or derealization, these feelings can make you question your sanity, deepening the fear and anxiety.

What Causes Panic Attacks?

Detailed Explanations
  • Genetics and Family History: If panic attacks run in your family, you might be more predisposed to experiencing them.
  • Stressful Life Circumstances: Major life changes or traumatic events can trigger panic attacks. Continuous stress can heighten your risk.
  • Medical Conditions: Conditions like thyroid disorders can mimic or worsen panic attack symptoms.
  • Lifestyle Factors: Lack of sleep, excessive caffeine, and poor diet can all contribute to the frequency and severity of panic attacks.
When to Seek Help for Panic Attacks

Guidance on Recognizing Signs: If panic attacks disrupt your life, causing fear of the next attack or changes in behavior to avoid triggers, it’s crucial to seek professional help. Other signs include:

  • Attacks are frequent, intense, and interfere with daily tasks.
  • You’re experiencing ongoing worry about having another attack.
  • You’re avoiding places or situations for fear of triggering an attack.

How American Wellness Center Can Help

We, at American Wellness Center, Dubai, specialize in the treatment of panic attacks and related conditions. Our approach includes:

  • Personalized Assessment: Understanding your unique situation is our first step.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): Our psychologists use CBT to help you identify and challenge the thoughts that contribute to panic attacks, teaching coping mechanisms for when symptoms arise.
  • Medication Management: Our psychiatrists may recommend medication to help manage symptoms, particularly if your panic attacks are severe.
  • Relaxation Techniques: We’ll guide you through practices such as deep breathing, mindfulness, and meditation to help manage anxiety levels.

Dubai’s unique environment can sometimes be a challenging one, especially for those prone to anxiety and panic attacks. Yet, it’s important to remember that you are not alone. Living with panic attacks can be a daunting, isolating experience, but help is available. We, at American Wellness Center, Dubai, understand what you’re going through and possess the tools and expertise to help you regain control. If you’re ready to take the first step toward managing your panic attacks, contact us to schedule a consultation. Together, we can work toward a calmer, more centered you. Don’t let panic attacks control your life – reach out for support and begin your journey toward greater well-being. We have specific Psychiatry and Psychology Divisions at our clinic.