Panic attacks (also sometimes known as "anxiety attacks") are periods of sudden intense anxiety that often involve physiological arousal, fear, and stomach problems. It is generally speculated that they are due to the body's "fight or flight" response occurring out of context, and a flood of hormones, particularly adrenaline (epinephrine).
To people who experience these symptoms, the episodes may appear random and without any obvious trigger, and can be uncomfortable, frightening and deeply upsetting. First-time sufferers have been known to be believe that they are suffering from a heart attack or nervous breakdown. People who have suffered panic attacks previously may be able to better interpret their feelings, in some cases with little or no obvious external manifestations, but that of course does not make the experience any more pleasant.
People who are suffering from, or who believe that may be suffering from, panic or anxiety attacks, should discuss the issue with their doctor. Seeing a doctor ensures a proper diagnosis, allows for an informed discussion of the probable causes, and a recommendation for the most appropriate treatment.
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