A panic attack is an exaggeration of the body’s normal response to fear or a stressful situation. They can strike the sufferer at anytime and usually come on extremely quickly. A panic attack is a period of intense discomfort and fear where physical symptoms may include:

  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Rapid breathing
  • Chest pains
  • Hot and cold flushes
  • Shaking or trembling
  • Sweating
  • Feeling nauseous
  • A need to toilet

Panic attacks usually last for around two or three minutes and can cause no physical harm. At first attacks may appear random and unpredictable, but eventually tend to become associated with a specific situation like being on board a busy underground train or entering a crowded supermarket. The use of various substances and certain food stuffs may also contribute to panic syndrome and may include:

  • Food allergies
  • Antidepressants
  • Hypoglycaemia (blood sugar levels)
  • Medication (prescription)
  • Organic brain dysfunction
  • Jet lag
  • Caffeine
  • Nicotine
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • LSD
  • Steroids

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