Panic attack

Panic attack: A panic attack is a strong physical (vegetative) reaction. A single panic attack does not warrant a diagnosis of an anxiety disorder, even if the person suffers severely. Panic attacks are sudden attacks of strong anxiety that are accompanied by physical symptoms. These can be:

  • Tremor: An uncontrolled, involuntary rhythmic contraction of muscles.
  • Palpitations: A dominant, strong, pounding heartbeat, felt in the chest and abdomen, or/and in the head and neck area.
  • Sweating (transpiration): heavy secretion of sweat. A special symptom is also called hyperhydrosis and responds well to treatment with hypnosis. This will be described in more detail on this website soon.
  • Tightness: ideas of suffocating or having a heart attack.
  • Vertigo: The sensation of spinning or swaying.
  • Fainting: The feeling of about to lose consciousness.
  • Fear of going crazy: The loss of control causes many sufferers to develop a fear that they will lose basic mental functions.
  • Nausea: often associated with a sinking feeling in the stomach or nausea.
  • Dry mouth: Swallowing is (unbearably) difficult.

There are also numerous other symptoms. A panic attack cannot be reduced to the above symptoms.

If panic attacks occur more frequently, it can develop into a panic disorder. The ICD10 requires at least four panic attacks in four weeks for mild panic disorder and at least four panic attacks a week for severe panic disorder as a time factor for diagnosis.

Panic disorder
Treatment of panic disorders with hypnosis

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