Everything you need to know about Panic Disorder

By      25-Feb 2020       Reading Time: 5 Mins

Everything you need to know about Panic Disorder

Panic disorder is a type of condition in which people suffer from sudden panic attacks. It can occur anytime and the person feels palpitations, sweating and shortness of breath.

Panic attacks may be genetically linked and it may get passed on from parent to child. Panic disorder can also be caused by severe stress, personal issues or tragedy in someone’s life, medical conditions and overconsumption of drugs and alcohol. Panic attacks can make you feel terrified and scared without actually putting you in any danger. 

One in 10 adults suffers from panic attacks every year. Various researches said that “About a third of people suffer from more than one panic attack in their lifetime. But most of them don’t have panic disorder. Only about 3% of adults have it, and it’s more common in women than in men.”

Common Symptoms of panic disorder includes

  • Shortness of the breath
  • Chest pain 
  • Fear that you might die
  • The feeling of dizziness and faintness
  • Sweating
  • Trembling and shaking of the body
  • Feeling of choking
  • Nausea
  • Fast heartbeat

You may seek emergency medical care if you see someone or yourself seeking such panic disorders.

Try some lifestyle changes 

  • Reduce Stress: Stress often leads to panic disorder which can further cause depression and anxiety. Goodbye to stress can protect you from various diseases including panic disorder and various heart diseases. Identify the factors that are causing you stress and add some changes in your lifestyle like exercises, meditation and yoga to combat the stress levels.
  • Make a way to your negative thoughts and emotions: When negative thoughts continue to spiral on mind then a person eventually feel meltdowns in the form of anxiety or panic attacks. To combat this emotional and negative meltdown of panic disorder you can add exercises such as walking, jogging, practice yoga asanas (bridge pose, big toe pose and standing forward bend) in your lifestyle. You can also practice breathing exercise to ease out anxiety levels.
  • Make a schedule for sound sleep: Sleep can have a great impact on our mood and stress levels. A good amount of sleep can further solve various issues in your mind while making you feel fresh and active. Sleep-deprived people have a tendency to classify neutral images as negative ones. So, to alleviate depression and anxiety issues, make a proper schedule for your sleep and keep a check on your sleeping patterns. You can also do some changes in your sleeping patterns like checking your napping time, types of foods you are eating before going bed and improve your sleeping environment.
  • Eat a healthy diet: According to various researches, eating healthy food can keep you calm and relive you from any kind of panic disorders. Fill up your plate with healthy foods such as fresh fruits and whole grains. Avoid canned and packaged food items that are sugary and are not healthy.

Over to you

Adding the above-written tips will definitely help you in combatting your stress levels while eliminating the risks of various diseases from your life. You can also start practising activities like yoga and exercise to resolve anxiety issues. 

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