Most of us have the idea that panic attacks are a horrible, overwhelming moment that lasts forever. The person who experiences them is almost paralyzed and unable to defend themselves. This is probably how you picture panic attacks. You can find out more about how to handle stressed situations.
A panic attack can be very frightening. You might not even notice that someone could be experiencing a panic attack right next to you on the train or bus. Is that a better situation for the victim of a panic attack? No. My point is that panic attacks, although not always obvious, can be frightening and distressing for sufferers.
Wikipedia says panic attacks are "periods characterized by intense fear or apprehension, which are sudden in onset and last for a short time". This will not surprise you if you're a panic attack victim. This could not be news to anyone who is reading this to learn more.
It's possible to suffer panic attacks if you are truly experiencing them. Here are some facts that I've gathered from extensive research. It will hopefully help you get a better understanding of the disorder.
It affects 1 in 113 Americans. That's approximately 2.4 million people in the US.
* An estimated 1.7% of Americans aged 18-54 experience panic attacks each year, which is 1 in 58.
* Up to 15% of Americans will experience panic attacks at some point in their lives.
* Panic attacks are twice as likely in women as they are for men
* After treatment, the recurrence rate for women is twice that of men.