Panic Attack Information
What is a panic attack? A panic attack can involve many symptoms, such as:
- Racing heart
- Rapid breathing
Some people who are having a panic attack go to the hospital, believing they are having a heart attack. Essentially, panic attacks consist of unexpected feelings of extreme fear and dread that, in many cases, strike for no apparent reason. Many people with panic disorder develop intense anxiety between episodes, worrying about when and where the next one will strike.
Fortunately, panic disorder is one of the most treatable anxiety disorders. With proper treatment (which may involve medication and/or psychotherapy), approximately 70 percent to 90 percent of people with this condition see improvement.
(For more information, including other possible symptoms, click Panic Attack.)