A person who is diagnosed with panic disorder experiences random panic attacks on an ongoing basis.
Typically, a person having a panic attack grows pale or flushed. He or she may start shaking, sweating and breathing more rapidly.
Many people have likened a panic attack to a heart attack. A panic attack makes you feel anxious and overwhelmed. It is common for a person who is having a panic attack to feel as though his or her life is in danger, probably because of the perception that the attack is related to the heart.
Someone who is having a panic attack may also feel “cut off” from his or her body. A panic attack can make you feel like you are watching the attack affect someone rather than experiencing it yourself.
An MD and professor of psychiatry explains why he does not believe it is ever normal to have a panic attack.
The professor notes that the majority of us believe certain circumstances will naturally cause a panic attack in most people. However, he believes that a panic attack is inherently “wrong” due to its very nature. Unlike some bodily responses, a panic attack is not biologically helpful and actually hinders you from fending off danger.
Click the link below to read about the professor’s theory in detail.