Panic disorder with agoraphobia also known as anxiety attack affects about 6 million people with women occupying the majority do with experiences of spontaneous out-of-the-blue panic and fast heart rate. Agoraphobia symptoms start showing up around the age of 25years, while it last, it may also happen during sleep. Pain disorder with agoraphobia often starts with fear of being ‘caught’ doing something out of place when apparently it is not. This may make you to avoid places (such as malls, airplanes, trains, and theatres) where such attacks may suffice.
Agoraphobia symptoms ranges from changes in breathing rate, inability to focus and lack of attention.
Panic disorder with agoraphobia has an unspecific known cause however, new evidences are suggesting that genetics, stress may have a major role to play.
Symptoms of panic disorder
Panic disorder symptoms stay strong within the first 10s to 20 minutes of the attack, but with time, you experience relief. Here are few of pain disorder symptoms:
1. Profuse sweating or chills.
3. Fast heart rate occasionally accompanied by a ‘pound and racing’ heart.
4. A strong desire to run away from the source of panic.
5. Choking or tightness in the chest.
6. Feeling of vomit and stomach troubles.
7. Feeling of danger.
8. Feeling of helplessness: Sometimes panic disorder with agoraphobia makes you feel like your body or your immediate environment is not real.
9. Fear of been alone with the mindset of danger ‘coming’ around.
10. Sense of detachment from others
Panic disorder symptoms may be confirmed by doing careful examination of the heart rate, hormonal imbalance and history of drug abuse as panic disorders with agoraphobia may take a while before it can be diagnosed due to conflicting common symptoms with other diseases. Generally talking to your GP will go along way.
For panic disorder with agoraphobia to be established the following needs to be mentioned in medical examinations:
1. Experiencing frequent unexpected panic attacks
2. You are worried another panic attack is around the corner
3. You don’t drink alcohols or abuse drugs or have an history of such yet you experience panic attack
All these point to only one thing- you are experiencing panic disorder symptoms.
1. Cognitive behavioral therapy is a treatment of choice for those who experience panic attack, and this involves using exposure therapy, also selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI)drugs such as fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil), sertraline (Zoloft) may also be used in the management of panic attacks.