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Twelve Surprising Facts about Panic Attacks

There’s a lot that is known about panic attacks. For example, we know the common symptoms of a panic attack include sweating, dizziness, difficulty breathing and so on. We also know that there are many different reasons and causes for panic attacks.

Here are twelve facts about panic attacks that you might find surprising.

1. In the United States alone, it is thought that more than 4 million people suffer from panic attacks.

2. Most of the time, a panic attack hits a person in their late teens and early adulthood. In fact, about 50% of the people who have a panic disorder develop it before they turn 24.

3. A panic attack typically lasts several minutes. Though it may certainly seem like an eternity while you’re suffering through one.

4. Many people do not seek help for panic attacks, agoraphobia, and anxiety-related difficulties. They’re afraid of the stigma attached to panic disorders. They may think they’re “crazy.” Or they may be reluctant to go on medication. Medication isn’t always necessary and it’s certainly not part of a long term solution.

5. Most of the time there are no triggers to a panic attack – they seemingly come “out of the blue.” Unless you suffer from a panic disorder called, PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Then panic attacks may be triggered by memories related to a traumatic event.

6. Therapy from a knowledgeable therapist helps over 90% of people who suffer from a panic disorder.

7. Women are twice as likely as men to develop panic disorder.

8. About 30% of people with panic disorder abuse alcohol and 17% abuse drugs.

9. Some people with panic disorder have several panic attacks a day while others go weeks or months in between panic attacks.

10. You may be able to prevent attacks by cutting down on caffeine, alcohol or other substances.

11. There are actually many different types of panic disorders including: Social Anxiety Disorder, PTSD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, a phobia (and there are hundreds of types of phobias), and Obsessive Compulsive disorder.

12. Young children can suffer from panic attacks and anxiety disorders.

If you suffer from a panic or anxiety disorder, it’s important to seek help. Your doctor can give you a proper diagnosis. Once you’ve been diagnosed behavior therapy can do wonders to help you manage and alleviate your symptoms. You don’t have to live with a panic disorder.

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