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The Anxiety of a Panic Attack

Monday, October 6th, 2008 The Anxiety of a Panic Attack

It may well be argued that a panic attack does not seem a serious medical complaint. Suffer one and you will soon know about it, they are terrifying. As reported in the Daily Mail (06 10 08- V. Lambert). From rapid breathing, chest pains, fainting, sweating, hot or cold flushes and numbness in the hands, feet or other body parts - a panic attack is caused by anxiety, and one in ten of us will experience one at some point, according to the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

So much so Mark Hendy who is a sufferer has written about his experiences in his d├ębut novel, Panic And The Inner Monkey, to help other sufferers.It has taken him ten years to come to terms with his condition.

When the attacks first happened Mark thought he was having heart attack. Whilst doing a summer job in an amusement arcade his heart began to race his stomach went into turmoil and his hands became very sweaty. He became overwhelmed with the noises and bright lights of the arcade. Twenty minutes on his manager appeared, Mark was rooted to the spot and terrified.

GP Prescribed SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) more commonly known as anti depressants which allowed some relief but side effects also became an issue.

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