Panic Attacks: Causes, Symptoms, Risk Factors, and Complications

Panic attacks– A panic attack is a sudden incident of intense fear, which causes severe physical reactions if there is no real danger or apparent cause and may be very frightening. When a panic attack occurs, you may suffer problems like a heart attack or losing control, or even dying.

Are Anxiety Attacks and Panic Attacks the Same Thing? – Cleveland Clinic

Several people are suffered from one or two panic attacks in their whole life and end when a stressful condition may end. But if you are suffering from panic attacks for a long time then it may a condition of panic disorder.

Causes of panic attacks – There are some of the causes of panic attacks are given below –

  • Major stress
  • Genetics
  • Negative emotions
  • Severe depression or anxiety
  • Any severe disease

At present, panic attacks are caused by omicron variant, a new variant of Covid-19 across the world. Due to Covid-19 pandemic or complications, it may increase the cases of panic attacks all around the world.

Panic attacks can occur immediately with no warning and may be triggered by several situations including stress or depression.

Symptoms of panic attacks – Panic attacks start abruptly with no warning and can strike at any time when you are in office, at the mall, in any meeting, driving a car, sound asleep, and many more. You can have uncommon panic attacks or might occur normally at any time. During panic attacks, you can feel fatigued and worn out. This type of attack has several variations but normally symptoms peak in a few minutes.

There are several symptoms of panic attacks are given below –

  • Sweating
  • Chills
  • Nausea
  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Feeling of disinterest
  • Problem in breathing
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Fear of loss or death
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Faintness

Intense fear is one of the main symptoms of panic attacks. You may suffer from strong fear that is caused by panic attacks and avoids certain situations if they occur.

Risk factors -There are several factors that may increase the risk of developing panic attacks are given below –

  • Family history
  • Severe stress
  • Shocking event in the past life
  • Several changes in your life
  • Excessive intake of caffeine
  • Physical abuse in childhood days

Complications – There are some of the complications that are caused by panic attacks or panic disorder are given below –

  • Avoidance of social situations
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Severe depression
  • Enhance the risk of suicidal thoughts or suicide
  • Development of specific phobias including fear of driving
  • Financial issues
  • Intake large amount of alcohol

12 Comments Add yours

  1. Daphny Aqua says:

    Very informative.

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    1. daneelyunus says:

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      1. Daphny Aqua says:

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  2. Matt Leitch says:

    It seems to me that the incidence of panic attacks has increased becuase of Covid. With the omicron variant, it isn’t getting much better either.

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  3. E.A. Wickham says:

    I suffer from panic attacks driving on highways and freeways. I’m sure it’s caused by a traumatic accident I had decades ago. Thanks for your informative article. Yes, I have most of the symptoms.

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    1. daneelyunus says:

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  4. Beverley says:

    Thanks for sharing this informative post. So many people are suffering from panic attacks due to fear. Bless you.

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    1. daneelyunus says:

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  5. amit kumar says:

    good explanation.

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    1. daneelyunus says:

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