Sudden fear of unexplained impending danger can hinder normal activities.
By Gretchen S. Borowski
Panic attacks are symptomatic of a serious medical condition. Left untreated, they can hinder a person from doing normal, everyday activities. These attacks evoke the feeling of sudden intense fear with many other symptoms. Like most sicknesses, the sooner you treat it, the easier it will be to resolve.
If you suspect you are suffering from this condition, identify the symptoms and discover various cures available for these attacks. As you see from the following list, anxiety disorders can differ from depression.
Anxiety Symptoms 
- Smothering sensations and shortness of breath
- Racing heart, slow heart beat, palpitations
- Chest Pain
- Lump in throat & difficulty swallowing
- Skin losing color (blanching)
- Shaking or shivering (visibly or internally)
- Neck & shoulder pain & numbness in face or head
- Rapid gastric emptying
- Indigestion, heartburn, constipation and diarrhea
- Symptoms of urinary tract infection
- Skin rashes
- Weakness in arms & tingling in the hands or feet
- Electric shock feeling anywhere in the body
- Dry mouth
- Fears of going mad or losing control
- Increased depression & suicidal feelings
- Symptoms like ‘flu’
- Distorted vision
- Disturbed hearing
- Hormone problems
- Headaches & feelings of having a tight band around head
- Sore eyes
- Creeping or pins and needles sensations in the skin (paresthesia)
- Increased sensitivity to light, sound, touch, and smell
- Dramatic increase in sexual feelings
- Pain in the face or jaw that resembles a toothache
- Derealisation and depersonalisation
When attacks are not severe, you might treat them on your own with home remedies. These are pretty simple but require patience and dedication to be effective. To cure these attacks, you need to practice breathing exercises and relaxing activities. Doing these two simple things during an attack will help suppress the symptoms. Avoid smoking and drinking beverages with caffeine. These can trigger attacks.
You may seek professional help for your peace of mind. Knowing that someone is there to assist you improves this condition. You will likely go through cognitive behavioral therapy. This focuses on sessions where you train to brush away the feeling of fear you get from these attacks.
Another possible treatment is exposure therapy. This method helps by placing you in similar scenarios that trigger an attack. The goal is to help you deal with the experience and learn to live with it.
Treatment is also done by combining both therapy and medication. In general, there are two kinds of medication treatments—antidepressants and benzodiazepines. The latter is more addicting, so it is more dangerous. Most doctors prescribe antidepressants. The downside to it is that it takes a little longer for it to take effect.
There are also natural techniques available for curing panic attacks. These techniques are usually created by those who have suffered from panic and anxiety as well.
Knowing the available treatments will help you find the one that suits you the best. Remember that not all treatments work as well for everyone. It is still important to counter the effects and prevent attacks from happening.
Anxiety or Panic?
The terms anxiety attacks and panic attacks are often used interchangeably to mean the same thing. In this sense, the difference is purely a matter of semantics. But from a clinical perspective, panic and anxiety have different features. [2,3]
People who panic believe the “panic attack” they experience means that something is physically wrong with them. People with social anxiety disorder do not believe that their anxiety correlates to a medical or physical illness or disease. 
Does it seem that this article is written about you? Mental health issues should be taken seriously. Not all require life-long treatment. Seek the advice of a skilled professional to get on the road to recovery, particularly when your ability to perform usual activities is hindered.