A panic attack is a sudden surge of overwhelming anxiety and fear. Left untreated, panic attacks can lead to panic disorder and other problems. They may even cause to withdraw from normal activities. But panic attacks can be cured. The signs and symptoms of a panic attack develop abruptly and usually reach their peak within 10 minutes. A full-blown panic attack includes a combination of the following signs and symptoms: Shortness of breath or hyperventilation; Heart palpitations or a racing heart; Chest pain or discomfort; Trembling or shaking; Choking feeling etc.
Although the exact causes of panic attacks and panic disorder are unclear, the tendency to have panic attacks runs in families. The estimated 5-year prevalence of people in France living with Panic attacks and Panic disorder is 8.1 per 100,000. Total prevalence rate for both sexes in France is 8.9 per 100,000. Prevalence rate for men and women 8.1 and 7.0 per 100,000 respectively in France. The medications used for panic attacks and panic disorder include: Antidepressants and Benzodiazepines.