One minute you’re just typing away at your computer, the next your hands begin to tremble and sweat. Your heart begins to pound loudly in your chest, and you feel as if the world is closing in on you. Are you having a heart attack? You could be having a panic attack.
“Panic attacks are quick and intense fears that trigger strong physiological, emotional and behavioral reactions but with no apparent cause or reason,” said Jerimya Fox, a licensed professional counselor and a doctor of behavioral health at Banner Behavioral Health Hospital. “They can be quite scary, but thankfully, they are not life-threatening.”
If you believe you may be suffering from a panic attack or more frequent attacks known as panic disorders, learn the facts and how to get help.
“There’s no sure way to prevent a panic disorder or attack, but there are things you can do to treat and manage them. Getting treatment should be your first priority,” Dr. Fox said. “If left untreated it can begin to affect every area of your life.”
Panic attacks can be difficult to manage on your own. If you have symptoms and aren’t sure what to do, find a Banner Health provider who can help.