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Health Congregational Nursing Ministry

The Health-Congregational Nursing Ministry of FMBC promotes good health by providing information and education on good nutrition, proper exercise, rest, and health related activities.  Congregational Nursing consists of registered (RN) and licensed practitioner nurses (LPN) who share their skills in promoting holistic health and ministry.

July Health Awareness ~  Panic Attacks

A panic attack is a sudden episode of intense fear that triggers severe physical reactions when there is no real danger or apparent cause. Panic attacks can be very frightening. When panic attacks occur, you might think you're losing control, having a heart attack or even dying. Panic attack symptoms come on quickly, feel like they last an eternity, and can leave you with a sense of dread. This frightening experience happens to about 11% of adults in the United States each year.

During a panic attack, the nervous system overreacts to a perceived danger. This leads to a wide range of distressing symptoms: a rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, dizziness, and chest pain that can feel like a heart attack.

Panic attacks typically begin suddenly, without warning. They can strike at any time — when you're driving a car, at the mall, sound asleep or in the middle of a business meeting. You may have occasional panic attacks, or they may occur frequently.

 

Panic attacks have many variations, but symptoms usually peak within minutes. You may feel fatigued and worn out after a panic attack subsides.

Panic attacks typically include some of these signs or symptoms:

  • Sense of impending doom or danger

  • Fear of loss of control or death

  • Rapid, pounding heart rate

  • Sweating

  • Trembling or shaking

  • Shortness of breath or tightness in your throat

  • Chills

  • Hot flashes

  • Nausea

  • Abdominal cramping

  • Chest pain

  • Headache

  • Dizziness, lightheadedness or faintness

  • Numbness or tingling sensation

  • Feeling of unreality or detachment

One of the worst things about panic attacks is the intense fear that you'll have another one. You may fear having panic attacks so much that you avoid certain situations where they may occur.

For more information, visit the below links:

Panic Attacks & Causes

Panic disorder: When fear overwhelms

 

                        Dr. Audrey Kizzie                                      Health Congregational Nursing Ministry Coordinator

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