Panic Attacks: A Serious Health Problem in the US

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Panic Attacks Introduction "Panic attacks are a serious health problem in the U.S. At least 20% of adult Americans, or about 60 million people, will suffer from panic attacks at some point in their lives. About 1.7% of adult Americans, or about 3 million people, will have full-blown panic disorder at some time in their lives, twice as often for women than men. The peak age at which people have their first panic attack (onset) is 15-19 years" (Panic Attacks, 2012). Another fact about panic is that this symptom is noticeably different from other kinds of anxiety; panic attacks are so very abrupt and frequently unexpected, appear to be unprovoked, and are frequently disabling This paper will look at what a panic attack is, what causes them, how they can be prevented and what can be done to treat them. Description of Disorder A panic attack is an unexpected occurrence of intense fear that triggers severe physical reactions when there is no real hazard or apparent cause. Panic attacks can be very frightening. When panic attacks take place, one might think they are losing control, having a heart attack or even dying. A lot of people have just one or two panic attacks in their lifetimes, and the trouble goes away, possibly when a stressful condition ends. Panic attacks were once discounted as nerves or stress, but they're now acknowledged as a real medical condition. Even though panic attacks can appreciably affect ones quality of life, treatment can be very successful

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