A sudden fear grips you, and you begin to feel strange physical symptoms and sensations of doom and worry. Is this a panic attack? Sudden, overwhelming fear: That’s panic in a nutshell. You may have felt that kind of sudden, overwhelming fear in terrifying situations – like when you’re forced to slam on the brakes to narrowly miss a car speeding through a red light or when a large dog lunges at you with teeth bared. But a panic attack can happen at moments that have nothing to do with terror – like in the midst of a deep sleep or a dull meeting or while in a class or stuck in traffic or in line at the grocery store. And you don’t have to have a diagnosed panic disorder to experience a panic attack. Panic attacks come on suddenly and unpredictably, and often peak after about 10 to 20 minutes mark. An attack may include several or many of the following symptoms: a sudden feeling of impending doom or death a feeling like you need to escape from where you are a fear of losing control or “going crazy” a feeling of unreality or like you’re detached from yourself rapid heart rate, chest pain, or discomfort sweating, chills, or hot flashes shortness of breath tightness in your throat or trouble swallowing numbness or tingling sensations
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Causes of panic disorder While researchers have not determined a specific cause of panic disorder in some individuals, many believe it is a combination of environmental and genetic factors. Family history seems to play a large role in determining who will suffer from a panic disorder. Researchers have identified several parts of the brain that are involved in fear and anxiety. Some scientists believe that people with panic disorder have an abnormality that causes them to misinterpret benign sensations as threats, causing their fear reaction to go into overdrive. [ Related: Women With No Fear Feel Panic in Experiments ] Some researchers think that people with panic disorder misinterpret harmless bodily sensations as threats. While biology may be a factor, environment can also be influential. If a parent or close adult suffers from panic disorder, a child may begin to think panic is a standard reaction and mimic adult behavior. Researchers are also looking for ways in which stress and environmental factors may play a role. A major stressful life event, such as an accident or the death of someone close, can trigger a panic attack in someone who previously exhibited no signs of the disorder.
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Eyewitnesses say the explosion occurred close to a football viewing centre where fans were gathered to watch the UEFA Champions League match between Spanish giant, Real Madrid and their city rivals, Athletico Madrid. As we earlier reported , the explosionoccurred around Bauchi Roadclose to the University of Jos. According to Premium Times ,the explosion occurred near a car park, few meters away from a security checkpoint. The spokesperson of the Police State Command of the Nigeria Police, Felicia Ali, confirmed the incident but said details were still sketchy. There are reports of casualties but no figure has been officially released. Emergency responders are reportedly on hand to rescue injured victims but reports say this have been hindered due to the fear of more attacks. Residents now live in fear of more attacks as the once peaceful city recently suffered a terrorist attack a week ago around the Jos Terminus market killing about 200 people. We shall bring you updates on the Jos explosion as we get them. You may also like YNaija stories like: Do you think the government is doing enough to rescue the abducted Chibok school girls? Yes
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And Carey, a pediatric nurse, knows the risks better than most. She says, “The thing I liked the most is that they didn’t tell me what I had to take, they actually gave me all the research, and let me read the articles myself, so that I could really make an informed decision about what really would be best for us.” Carey chose to stay on her medication, and she plans to keep taking it going forward. Dr. Goldsmith says, Careys case is very common. We see women with lots of anxiety disorders, panic disorder, generalize anxiety disorder. Lots of women want to have children. And, unfortunately, lots of women have psychiatric illnesses that need to be treated.” It’s a balancing game. Carey says, I want other women to know that having an anxiety disorder doesn’t mean that you can’t have a baby, that you can’t be a great mom, and you can’t be successful at it.” Deacon is now seven months old, and healthy. Carrie says the anxiety is still there. But it no longer controls her life. Watching Deacon in his playchair, she says, Being a mom, you just can’t even, it’s the best thing that’s ever happened. It’s just wonderful.” If you take medication for anxiety or depression and are trying to become pregnant, talk to your physician about your options. More Health News More>> Updated: Friday, May 23 2014 6:09 PM EDT2014-05-23 22:09:42 GMT Cece Olisa, 30, has struggled with her weight her entire life.
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In the late ’80s and early ’90s panic attacks came on to one degree or another almost daily, and of course the deal with myself was violated all too often. I sought help, and was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I was embarrassed and humiliated, but kept it to myself. For years it was very difficult. Instead of getting better, it seemed to be getting worse. I withdrew, and couldn’t be by myself without thinking the panic attacks would send me — in my term — “cycling out of control.” I remember taking a writing test at CNN in 1989 and having three punishing panic attacks that were so bad I almost got up and walked out of the building. Professional support made things get better, but the attacks never completely went away. Certain situations and environments could take me back and an attack would come on, my heart feeling as though it would burst through my chest, worried that I would just collapse on the ground gasping for breath while sweat was trickling down the side of my face. OK, now imagine that happening while you’re getting ready to do an on-camera interview, or tethered to a live shot, or the very worst — sitting in the anchor chair. It wasn’t just happening to me, it was happening to me in front of millions of people. I have been a journalist a long time.
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