A panic attack can mimic the symptoms COVID-19. What to do with it?

Because of the abundance of alarming news about the pandemic of the novel coronavirus can experience a real panic attack. The symptoms are similar to symptoms COVID-19: shortness of breath, feeling of impending doom, a feeling of squeezing in your chest. No wonder it confuses people, especially if a panic attack happened for the first time. A panic attack is inexplicable, painful attack of anxiety and fear in combination with somatic symptoms. This neurotic disorder is extremely common and its causes are not fully understood. Researchers believe that the cause of the panic attacks in most cases are severe stress, illness or excessive load. It is believed that panic attacks the most vulnerable young people in the age of 20-30 years, and women suffer more often than men. But how to distinguish panic attack from these symptoms COVID-19?

Sweating, shortness of breath, fear of death – symptoms panic attacks are not pleasant. But during a pandemic COVID-19 people first experiencing a panic attack is unlikely to be able to understand what happens to them. the situation is complicated by the fact that one of the symptoms of a panic attack as COVID-19, is anxiety. Tell how to tell the difference.

Panic attacks – what you need to know?

In simple terms, a panic attack is an attack chilling fear. Very often they occur suddenly, without any apparent cause. Of course, the symptoms vary from person to person, but the classic signs of a panic attack include some of the same symptoms as COVID-19: chest pain, shortness of breath, fever, chills. If you have chest pain or there are serious breathing problems over a long period of time or if you feel physically sick, you should call a doctor immediately. But what to do if you think that the symptoms caused by fear or anxiety?

As writes Popular Science people often fall into the classic panic attack when they feel like they can’t breathe. This usually happens because the person makes a very quick, shallow breaths. This minimizes the consumption of oxygen and causes the muscles to strain.

The main symptoms of coronavirus include coughing, fever, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, sore throat and even a rash. What other symptoms doctors attribute to the manifestation of SARS-CoV 2, read our material.

To deal with this unpleasant condition the researchers suggest focusing on your breathing. In General, talking about anxiety disorders and panic attacks it is important to remember that breathing exercises effective in the treatment of these disorders.

Daily performance of this simple breathing practices like: the score to four while inhaling, holding the breath for a count of four, exhale to the count of four and again the breath, and can help to stabilize and again to ensure the normal flow of oxygen. As soon as you cease to feel the lack of air, the body can relax. In an instant the panic is unlikely to disappear, but it certainly clears.

Every fifth inhabitant of our planet has experienced a panic attack, and every hundredth of a subject to constant attacks of fear.

If you have faced panic attacks, don’t forget to regularly do breathing exercises – but only with the permission and under the supervision of a physician. To self-medicate can be dangerous to your health. As for those who were diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder, experts suggest to stick to the usual methods that help cope with panic attack. If you help physical exercise, continue to exercise, walk or run on the street as much as you can, or do yoga at home. If you are prescribed medication, continue to take it (under medical supervision). Let me remind you, to feel good, doctors recommend to eat right, give up bad habits, get enough sleep and occasionally uninformed about the latest developments to give the brain a break.

Anxiety attack or coronavirus?

My first panic attack happened at work. It was an ordinary day, everything went on as usual, when suddenly I became miss air (doctors call this common symptom of “incomplete breath”). In my head there were thoughts that with me something not so, and now happens something catastrophic. I lost control, there was a sharp adrenaline rush, panic. Left work, not realizing that happened to me. Two hours later the attack ended.

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If a panic attack happened for the first time, oddly enough, the researchers suggest to admit that you’re scared or you’ve experienced grief. The fact that such recognition the double advantage of this way of thinking encourages you to be kind to yourself and at the same time discouraging. Grief and anxiety should not consume you every minute. Realize that it is, but also that fear, anxiety and grief is not you. Did you ever have a panic attack? To talk about this difficult subject with the members of our Telegram chat. There you will find like-minded people.

Experts say that meditation or the technique of conscious breathing, which helps to relieve stress. Today there are apps with which you can meditate. But do not forget that this is not a universal recipe for you to have effect.

If symptoms, such as fever or cough persist when you have calmed down, immediately call your doctor.