Panic Attacks – Definition & Assistance

A panic attack is defined as a sudden onset of intense fear or discomfort that lasts for a duration of roughly ten minutes. It is often associated with anxiety and can manifest randomly or have a specific trigger.

Left unattended, panic attacks can become a diagnosis of panic disorder if a person suffers from two panic attacks and spends at least a month worrying that another will occur.

Regarding the ratio of affliction, women tend to suffer panic disorder two times more frequently than men.

To define a group of symptoms as a panic attack you must experience at least four of the following:

  • palpitations
  • sweating
  • smothering feeling or shortness of breath
  • sensation of imminent danger
  • strong desire to escape
  • chest pain or discomfort
  • chills or hot flushes
  • tingling sensations
  • fear of dying or losing control
  • sensation of depersonalisation
  • the need to escape
  • choking sensation

Chinese Medicine believers anxiety (and panic attacks as an adjunct) are related to the idea of:

  1. Fear and palpitations
  2. Panic Throbbing
  3. Agitation

As it is broken into these patterns of differentiation, the use of Chinese Medicine shows an effectiveness in assisting patients with the symptoms seen in panic attacks. However it is advisable to seek out a practitioner who has a strong background in psychoemotional health (within the Chinese Medical framework) as mindset changes are key to long term improvement.

A successful treatment must address the underlying issue to ensure that there is a reduction in triggers before working towards a more permanent state of relief. Though research shows that there is a marked improvement in patients who receive acupuncture and herbal medicine for anxiety and panic attacks it should be reinforced that a truly successful treatment depends on how ready a patient is to move away from the disease (again mindset) as well as coming back for regular maintenance.

For assistance with any psychoemotional disorders please contact us.

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