How Long Do Panic Attacks Last?
Panic attacks occur when the body’s ‘fight-or-flight’ response is activated by a perceived threat, releasing adrenaline and other hormones that alter physiological changes to prepare you for action. Unfortunately, these symptoms can be intense and difficult to manage.
Panic attacks typically strike without warning and without any prior warning. They can be brought on by an event, but may also be the result of psychological issues like fear of judgment.
A panic attack is when your symptoms become so overwhelming that it’s difficult to think clearly or take action. These episodes typically last 5-20 minutes and may include other symptoms like difficulty breathing or sweating.
Symptoms may be worse when you’re fatigued or rundown, which is known as an adrenaline hangover. If the severity of your symptoms warrants, your doctor may suggest taking medication to help relax you and lower anxiety levels.
A panic attack may feel like you’re experiencing a heart attack or passing away, as well as dizzy or lightheaded. These symptoms indicate that your body is going through an emotional or physical crisis and should be evaluated by your medical provider for further diagnosis and treatment options.
There are steps you can take to help avoid an attack, such as avoiding places where it has happened before and speaking with your GP about getting professional therapy. You could also try self-help techniques like breathing exercises or meditation for added benefit.