Does your heart suddenly begin to race, even though you were relaxed a split second ago? Panic attacks can strike without any warning, and they can make you feel as if you’re going to pass out! When should you start thinking about seeing your doctor?
Understanding a panic attack
We all experience panic – it generally occurs when you find yourself in a situation in which you don’t feel comfortable or when you think that you’ve lost control. A surprise test at school or university can cause you to panic because you immediately feel that you won’t know the answers and will fail – panicking in these situations is common.
Common signs of a panic attack
- Shortness of breath
- A racing heartbeat
- Chest pain
- Trembling and shaking
- Feel detached from your surroundings – like you’re not really there.
Do you still have panic attacks even in comfortable and familiar situations? Please go and see your doctor – you may have a panic disorder.
Understanding panic disorder
If you have a panic disorder, attacks will happen more often and can affect you emotionally. They can also include: changes in behaviour or higher anxiety because you’re worried about more attacks. Here’s what to look out for:
Signs of a panic disorder
- You experience unexpected panic attacks often that aren’t tied to a specific situation.
- You worry a lot about having another panic attack.
- You’re behaving differently because of the panic attacks such as: avoiding places where an attack occurred.
If you think you may have a panic disorder, why not speak to one of our doctors? Simply sign up on our website, and download the free Hello Doctor app from the Google Play or iTunes store. With the app, you can talk to, or text our doctors, anytime, anywhere!
There’s no need to be afraid when you’ve got Hello Doctor on your side.