Would you feel mystified? Bewildered? Embarrassed? Wonder if youre going crazy? This is the experience of those who endure panic attacks. Many keep their experiences secret, for they are embarrassed and at a loss for words to describe what happens to them.
Source: What a Panic Attack Feels Like | World of Psychology
Panic Attacks More Common in Smokers
In the following scene, Penelope (a peppy gal who compulsively one-ups everyone with ridiculous tales, played by Kristen Wiig) disrupts a group therapy session led by actor and episode host Neil Patrick Harris. I wont ruin the fun by explaining the scene any further. Just watch it before reading on! (If the below video player doesnt work for you, try accessing the video here .) Cracks me up every time. But on a serious note, I think the concept of Penelopes panic-anic attack brings up a great point: panic breeds panic. In the skit, she mentions that her panic attack is having a panic attack and, while literally nonsensical (and so very meta), the comment bears a few seeds of truth. If you panic at the grocery store, your panic attack itself cant have a panic attack but it can certainly instigate a second attack in one of two ways. First, if you (like many panic sufferers) have a fear of panic itself, then having had a recent panic attack may trigger a second one to soon follow.
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A study of thousands of smokers shows that they are three times more likely than nonsmokers to have panic attacks and panic disorder . “We know already a whole lot about the effects of smoking on just physical health, and now we are also starting to see the adverse effects in new research on mental illness ,” study co-author Naomi Breslau, PhD, tells WebMD. “This is one example.” A panic attack can have all sorts of symptoms: shortness of breath, dizziness, heart palpitations , trembling, sweating, choking, nausea, numbness, flushes or chills, loss of one’s sense of reality, chest pain, fear of dying, and/or fear of going crazy. People who have frequent panic attacks (more than four in a month) or have persistent fear of having another attack for a month after an attack suffer from panic disorder. Breslau says, “It’s not simply that the two things go together, but it’s suggesting that smoking is playing a causal role.” According to Breslau, smoking increases a person’s lifetime risk of a panic attack by three to four times. The risk of a first-time panic attack goes down in people who have quit smoking, although the studies do not show whether quitting will eliminate all risk in people who have smoked. But people who smoke should quit now, advises Breslau, who is director of research in the psychiatry department of the Henry Ford Health System. She and Donald F.
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