Panic Attacks - A panic attack is a period of intense,...

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General Characteristics of Panic Attacks A panic attack is a period of intense, often temporarily debilitating, sense of extreme fear with an abrupt onset. Most sufferers report fear of dying or going crazy, which is caused by the strong urge to flee the place where the attack started (“fight or flight”) Sufferers usually seek medical attention The cause is from high qualities of acetylcholinesterase in the blood. Also the release of adreno-cortisols aid in catalyzing the panic attack
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General Information Panic attacks are distinguished from other forms of anxiety by its intensity and sudden episodic nature Are often experienced by sufferers of anxiety disorders and other psychological conditions involving anxiety Panic attacks are not classified as a mental disorder and are common
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Duration Typically lasts 10 minutes More severe panic attacks may form a series of episodes waxing and waning every few minutes, lasting up to two hours and end in physical exhaustion
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Triggers 1) Phobias- people with phobias will often experience panic attacks and start with exposure to the trigger. These attacks are short lived and will end when the trigger is no longer present. 2) Hyperventilation- alone
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This note was uploaded on 04/01/2008 for the course BIO 171 taught by Professor Josephinekurdziel during the Spring '08 term at University of Michigan.

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