Panic disorder is the term used to describe when someone suffers from a lot of recurrent and disabling panic attacks that affects their life.
What is a panic attack?
A panic attack is a response to a stressful situation, where you feel like you are losing control. They can be intense, overwhelming, and often uncontrollable feelings of anxiety combined with physical symptoms.
Symptoms may include a racing heart, flushes of pain in your chest, sweaty, shaky, dizzy, faint and breathlessness. Please note that if you have pain in your chest and you are unsure, then call triple zero (000) immediately and ask for an ambulance.
When someone suffers from a panic disorder, they have many panic attacks, not just a few and they feel in constant fear of having another one.
Techniques to help an individual manage their panic disorder, include cognitive behaviour therapy, relaxation strategies, breathing exercises, mindfulness, and meditation. These will help the person to gain control over themselves.
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