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05/20/2011 06:27 AM

Can a Panic Attack Last For Hours?

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By Kate E Miller

Have you ever wondered can a panic attack last for hours? Unfortunately, the answer is yes. There are, however, a few little things that can be done to help ease one through them. People that suffer from panic attacks will be the first to tell you that there is really no consistency with them.

It may sneak up out of nowhere and hit you like a baseball or it can find its way to you slowly. In most cases, it hits you when it's the most inconvenient to you. Actually, when you think about it, is it ever going to be convenient for you to have a panic attack? You never know when a panic attack is going to hit and even more important, seldom will you know how long the panic attack is going to last.

As a rule, panic attacks will usually only last for a few minutes, but they can last hours.

HOURS! -- Can you imagine having a panic attack that lasts for hours? It really does happen so it's important to know what you can do to help yourself. One of the most important parts to dealing with a panic attack is knowing the symptoms ahead of time so you're prepared before it actually hits you full force.

Although many panic attacks can be very frightening, they may be easier to bear if you know what to expect and know that the symptoms are from panic attacks and from not some other health issue. Here are some of the most common panic attack symptoms.

* Dizziness

* Hyperventilation

* Heart palpitations

* Lightheadedness

* Chest pains

* Dry mouth

* Difficulty swallowing

* Tremors

* Clammy Hands

* Fatigue

* Sweating

* Numbness of the extremities

* Weakness

* Frequent urination

* An uncontrollable sense of fear or anxiety that seems to be getting worse

A panic attack is never a pleasant thing to go through but when it doesn't go away after a few minutes, it can become very stressful. When it lasts for hours, it's even worse. There are some things you can do to help get yourself through the panic attack. Obviously, everyone is affected differently by their attacks. While some may find deep breathing exercises beneficial, others may find that spending too much time concentrating on breathing can actually make the feeling of panic even worse.

Learning how to breathe properly will work wonders towards lessening the panic attacks when they do come but there are other things you may find as very helpful. Distraction is a great thing for panic attacks. If you can find something to keep your mind off of your anxiety, the attack is going to go away quicker. Too many times, the patient is so upset about the panic and anxiety they're experiencing that they can't get their mind off of it and it only makes matters worse.

Some people find it very therapeutic to take a warm bubble bath in bath oils. Looking at a photo album may help you to not only think pleasant thoughts but get your mind off of the things that are causing the panic attack. A visit to your regular doctor or a counselor may also be very helpful in getting to the cause of why they are occurring and lasting so long.

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