Quick Answer: When Should I See A Doctor About Panic Attacks?

Why am I having panic attacks for no reason?

It is not yet known what causes panic attacks but certain factors may play an important role, including genetics, major stress or having a predisposition to stress.

Panic attacks are typically experienced as a result of misinterpreting physical symptoms of anxiety..

Can panic attacks be mistaken for something else?

Many people mistake a panic attack for a medical emergency, like a heart attack. The symptoms can seem similar, but panic attacks aren’t life-threatening.

What can be mistaken for a panic attack?

But a medical condition called generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) can closely mirror a panic attack. GAD is when you have a hard time controlling your worry, and you struggle to keep your anxiety in check. Sometimes, what you think might be a panic attack can come from allergic reactions and heart and lung diseases.

What does a anxiety attack feel like?

Symptoms of an anxiety attack include: Feeling of losing control or going crazy. Heart palpitations or chest pain. Feeling like you’re going to pass out. Trouble breathing or choking sensation.

Can panic attacks go on for days?

Some attacks can peak in a few seconds, with the entire attack lasting just minutes, while others may last longer. Most research has described single panic attacks lasting up to 30 minutes. Some reports by individuals have described attacks lasting hours or even days.

What type of doctor treats panic attacks?

Your doctor may refer to you a mental health specialist, such as a psychiatrist or psychologist. Panic disorder is generally treated with psychotherapy, medication, or both. Talk with your doctor about the best treatment for you.

Do you need to go to the hospital if you have a panic attack?

If doctors didn’t find a health issue then and you have the same symptoms now, it’s likely that you’re having another panic attack. But if you’re not sure, you should go to the hospital. Most panic attacks pass within 30 minutes, but you can take a few steps to calm them on your own.

How do you tell if it’s a panic attack or something else?

How Do You Know You Are Having a Panic Attack?Dizziness.Sweating.Shaking or trembling.Fear that you are going crazy.Abdominal or digestive issues such as diarrhea or vomiting.Shortness of breath.Hot flashes.Sweating.More items…

What medical conditions cause panic attacks?

CausesHeart disease.Diabetes.Thyroid problems, such as hyperthyroidism.Respiratory disorders, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma.Drug misuse or withdrawal.Withdrawal from alcohol, anti-anxiety medications (benzodiazepines) or other medications.Chronic pain or irritable bowel syndrome.More items…•

Is it normal to have panic attacks everyday?

At first, panic attacks usually seem to come ‘out of the blue,’ but over time a person may come to expect them in certain situations. If a person begins to avoid these situations due to fear of a panic attack, they may also have agoraphobia (see below). Some people suffer panic attacks on a daily or weekly basis.

What is the difference between a panic attack and an anxiety attack?

Panic attacks can occur without a trigger whereas anxiety usually occurs in response to a perceived stressor or threat. Panic attacks are intense and disruptive and sometimes the physical symptoms are worse than the anxiety. Panic attacks often involve a sense of “unreality” and detachment.