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A panic attacks is an episode of intense sudden fear that can occur without warning. The terrifying nature of the attack can feel like you're suffocating, having a heart attack or even dying.

Symptoms
The main symptom of a panic attack will be an overwhelming feeling of anxiety. This will be combined with a range of physical symptoms including excessive sweating, dizziness, nausea, chest pain, dry mouth, pins and needles, and hot flushes. More information on the possible symptoms of a panic attack.

Treatment
Panic attacks will be treated with either therapy or medication, although a combination methods is often used. The types of therapy used are psychotherapy, behaviour therapy, and cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT). More details on treatment of panic disorders.

Cause
There can be any number of causes of a panic attack. Lifestyle, physical factors, personality traits, and childhood influences can all contribute to the development of a problem. These factors will often be interwoven, making treatment more difficult. More details on what causes panic attacks.

Medication
The main types of medication used to treat panic attack are antidepressants such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and tricyclic antidepressants. Beta-blockers may also be used to help keep you calm, thereby reducing anxiousness. More details on panic attack medication.

Cure
There is no straightforward cure for panic attacks. The disorder cannot be cured by simply taking a magic pill. However, with a little external support, it is possible to get to grips with the problem. More details on how to cure the disorder.

How to stop
Trying to stop panic attacks will require a great deal of patience and dedication. You must take control of the condition, and be pro-active in dealing with its symptoms. Meeting the problem head on can be difficult but it will take you a giant step closer to conquering the condition. More details on how to stop attacks.

Anxiety
Anxiety attacks and panic attacks share many similarities, and can be easily confused. However, they are different conditions, and treated in different ways. More information on the differences between anxiety and panic attacks.

Panic Disorder
Many of us will experience the odd panic attack during our lives. But when these episodes occur on a more regular basis, the condition is known as a panic disorder. Just over 3% of the population are believed to suffer from this disorder, although the actual figure could be considerably higher. More details on panic disorders.

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