The current pandemic is affecting the entire globe. As a result, many people may be experiencing panic attacks for the first time.
A panic attack happens suddenly, with short-lived disabling anxiety, fear, or discomfort. Your vision can get blurry, your chest can tighten, and you can't breathe.
A perceived threat may activate the body's physiological "fight or flight" response, similar to what your body would do if you're near a tiger. Your heart starts racing and pumping blood, so your muscles have the fuel to run or fight.
Panic attacks are relatively common. One in four Americans will have at least one panic attack in their lives. But the pandemic seems to be causing many people to suffer panic attacks within a short time.
The tightening of the chest and breathing difficulties are often confused for symptoms of the new virus.
Panic attacks come on suddenly and typically last only 15 to 20 minutes, while symptoms of the virus emerge over a few days. With the virus, you will also have other symptoms, like a fever and a cough.
For healthy people, a panic attack isn't dangerous. If you experience a panic attack, try the following:
If someone else is in distress, do the following:
Many times anxiety stems from fearing things that haven’t happened and may never occur. Control how you deal with the unknown and turn your anxiety into a source of strength by letting go of fear and focusing on gratitude.
However, your anxiety may be rooted in realistic fears. If so, then taking action may make you feel more in control of the situation and may be the only answer to reducing your anxiety.
If you are experiencing chest tightness or shortness of breath now, ask yourself first:
Paying too much attention is called hypervigilance and body scanning. It is associated with anxiety.