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Panic Attacks

Regain Your Sense of

Calm and Control

Experiencing a panic attack can feel overwhelming, like a sudden surge of intense fear or discomfort that peaks within minutes, often without warning. Symptoms can include heart palpitations, sweating, trembling, and a fear of losing control or impending doom. At AMP Mental Health, we understand the distress that panic attacks can bring into your life. We are committed to providing compassionate, individualized care, employing evidence-based strategies to help you understand, manage, and reduce the frequency of panic attacks.

About Panic ATtacks

What are Panic Attacks?

A panic attack is a sudden episode of intense fear that triggers severe physical reactions when there is no real danger or apparent cause. Panic attacks can be very frightening and when they occur, you might think you’re losing control, having a heart attack or even dying.

Many people have just one or two panic attacks in their lifetimes, and the problem goes away, perhaps when a stressful situation ends. But if you’ve had recurrent, unexpected panic attacks and spent long periods in constant fear of another attack, you may have a condition called panic disorder.

Understanding the SIGNS

What Are The Symptoms?

Panic attacks and anxiety attacks, while often used interchangeably, actually represent distinct experiences within the realm of mental health. While both can be incredibly distressing, they differ in terms of intensity, duration, and the nature of their triggers. Panic attacks are characterized by sudden and intense surges of fear or panic that reach a peak within minutes. These episodes come on unexpectedly and are accompanied by a specific set of physical and psychological symptoms that can mimic a life-threatening situation. 

On the other hand, anxiety attacks, often referred to as generalized anxiety, involve a more prolonged sense of worry, unease, and fear that may be connected to specific stressors or ongoing life circumstances. Unlike panic attacks, anxiety attacks tend to build up gradually and may not always have the same intense physical symptoms associated with panic attacks. Understanding the nuances between these two experiences is crucial for accurate identification and effective management.

Anxiety Attacks

Trigger-Based

Often occur in response to a perceived stressor or threat. The onset is typically gradual, building up in response to stress or worry over time.

Panic Attacks

Sudden Onset

Typically begin abruptly, without an obvious trigger, and peak in intensity within minutes.

Panic attacks can manifest in a variety of ways, each unique to the individual experiencing them. The symptoms can be both physical and psychological, often combining to create a perfect storm of apprehension. Whether you’re personally dealing with panic attacks or seeking information to support a loved one, this guide is designed to provide clarity and insight.

  • Sense of impending doom or danger
  • Fear of loss of control or death
  • Rapid, pounding heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Shortness of breath or tightness in your throat
  • Chills
  • Hot flashes
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Chest pain
  • Headache
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness or faintness
  • Numbness or tingling sensation
  • Feeling of unreality or detachment
Treatment Solutions

Regain Control

Your doctor may decide that medication should be part of your therapy, to lessen your attacks’ physical symptoms. It might be part of the first steps, for instance. They might prescribe:

  • An antidepressant, (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor or SSRIs) which is generally the first choice to prevent future panic attacks.
  • An anti-anxiety prescription drug such as a benzodiazepine. For people with substance use disorders, doctors may prescribe other medications.

You and your doctor may have to try more than one medication before finding what works best. Some people do best with more than one type.

TAKE THE FIRST STEP

Control Your Life

It’s important to recognize that overcoming panic attacks is a journey that involves understanding, patience, and the right support. At AMP Mental Health, we’re dedicated to providing that support through personalized treatment plans that include a mix of therapy, lifestyle changes, and coping strategies. Our goal is to empower you to manage and reduce the impact of panic attacks, helping you regain confidence and control over your life. Thank you for trusting us to be part of your path to wellness. Speak with an AMP Mental Health provider today by calling 305-204-9355 to get started on your journey.

Speak with an AMP Mental Health provider today by calling 305-204-9355 to get started on your journey.

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