Panic attack symptoms in men are quite different from Panic Attack Symptoms in Women.
How to Recognize a Panic Attack in Men?
It is normal to get nervous before any situation in which one is not comfortable, but when the confusion or the nervousness turns into a more severe form than it takes or the reality, that is called a panic attack.
A panic attack takes less than ten minutes to be run throughout your body.
There is no proper time for its occurrence; a panic attack can occur once a year maybe twice a year and sometimes more regularly.
Boys between 15 to 19 old mostly affected by panic attacks, while every adult man has a chance to experience an attack at least once in the lifetime. This attack often has an adverse effect on men’s emotional state.
Let’s have a look into how we can easily identify a panic attack based on signs and symptoms.
Panic Attack Symptom in Men
The panic symptoms can be intense, but they may not show the physical signs abruptly
Following are the symptoms which are observed during a panic attack.
● A sudden increase in heartbeat (However, you should learn how to Differentiate a Heart Attack from a Panic Attack)
● Life-threatening perspiration
● Stiffness of chest
● Difficulty in breathing
● Drowsiness or fainting
● Phobia (or fears)
● Stomach upset
The symptoms may last for a minimum of ten minutes to maximum half an hour or longer.
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As noted before, there is no obvious reason for panic attacks it may occur due to an uncertain reason.
The symptoms are more obvious when one is going through any situation, which can be the reason of fear, worriedness and uneasiness.
Difference Between Panic Attack and Panic Disorder Symptoms in Men
Panic attack and panic disorder are two different matter of concern. And, symptoms associated with the two are also likely to be different.
Panic Attack Symptoms in Male
This condition is common. Experiencing any one panic attack over a few years does not make it a panic disorder.
For example, if you are highly exhausted and may perceive the above panic attack symptoms every few years, it does not mean you are having panic disorder.
Panic Disorder Symptoms in Male
In general, the symptoms of a panic attack in someone with panic disorder can be complex from a man experiencing a one-off panic attack.
For falling under the category of disorder panic attacks have to uncertain, unanticipated and unforeseen. When one is undergoing panic disorder, you may observe more than one panic attack symptoms back-to-back and more often.
The symptoms are generally severe and intense.
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Common Causes of Panic Attack in Men
Although the exact cause of a panic attack is still unknown, there are some of the factors believed to support the possibility of an attack in you.
Those factors are:
● Certain stress (we have also covered Stress Symptoms in Men)
● Emotions that causes a negative impact
● Improper functioning of the brain (or ‘brain misfire’)
Researches have proven that we come across certain conditions in which sudden panic attacks may occur.
For example, if a dog is chasing you, it is obvious for you to feel panic, and freeze with a panic attack in that situation. It is natural to have an increased heartbeat at that situation.
Can Panic Attacks Kill You?
An article by Dr Roxanne Dryden-Edwards stated that yes panic attacks could be serious and often emotionally disturbing. But the good news is that its effect on brain function can be re-organized using certain medications.
A panic attack can not kill you. However, if you experience a severe Panic Disorder related panic attack that could lead to suicidal and self harming thoughts.
Sometimes all the physical signs of a panic attack indicated the symptoms of a heart attack, so it is often mistakenly considered as the heart attack. According to a study, 25% of the people taking themselves as heart patients were actually observing heart attack, but the flaw is that 90% of the people are left undiagnosed with the panic attack.
Actually, most of the time, the patient is not realized that he is going through a panic attack because this can also make them suffer the attack. Knowing you are panicking sometimes panic you more.
However, the most important thing is to reassure the man that he is out of danger and is not life-threatening.
Risk Factors for Panic Attacks in Men
It has been proved through the studies that some medications, marijuana, and deficiencies of zinc and magnesium may contribute to panic attacks.
A low standard of living promotes illiteracy and poverty, which causes anxiety.
Remember, anxiety commonly contributes to panic attacks. We already noted the Difference Between a Panic Attack and Anxiety Attack in a separate article.
People with panic attack suffer from anxiety may feel that his heart will break pounder out of his chest, stomach-ache or headache.
Treatment and Medication for Panic Attack
Some medications can help in eliminate panic attack and cure you of panic disorder.
In certain people medication may not work, so doctors will need to monitor them closely, their personal and social life, giving them natural remedies, encouraging food and lifestyle modification, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and yoga.
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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
CBT is a psychological technique that includes relaxation therapy, which helps in reducing anxiety, and it triggers the basic cause of the attack.
This therapy teaches the patient how to stay calm and deal with a panicking situation.
Studies show that drugs such as caffeine or beverages carrying caffeine, alcohol and illicit drugs can make your ability to deal with panicking situations worse.
Encouraging lifestyle changes are also part of the CBT approach.
Complications if Panic Attacks Left Untreated
If the symptoms of panic attacks left untreated, it may turn into a severe mental illness, panic disorder or a phobia.
For example, in the case of agoraphobia, the patient might feel like running away from home, he may feel irritated in social life, depressed and in severe cases, even attempt suicide.
While most of the one-off panic attacks will resolve without medication, any severe form of attacks (including attacks due to panic disorder) requires assistance from a specialist Psychiatrist and medication. They will not cure without professional management.
Tips for Dealing with Panic Attacks in Men
There are means by which one can prevent and eliminate panic attacks.
Following are the ways
● Taking a deep breath every time your tension level rises
Meditation, at least inhaling and exhaling four to five times can help in decreasing the symptom of hyperventilating.
Tip: In most of the time, hyperventilation is a very early symptom of a panic attack.
● Make yourself aware that it is a panic attack instead of heart attack
Realizing what you are experiencing is a panic attack may calm yourself and make you feel a bit comfortable. It may take away some of the fear.
● Closing your eyes
Closing your eyes may make you feel better and relaxed.
● Practice reality and mindfulness
The panic attack takes you away from ground realities scratching yourself may make you feel the reality.
● Visit places which make you relax
Visiting places where you feel comfortable helps you feel calm and focused.
● Practice Yoga
Yoga and light exercises help you breathe normally and regulate your body functions.
A panic attack is the result of intensified anxiety. Symptoms stated above can be the sign of the attack.
Attacks can be prevented with some mindfulness techniques. If treated timely without giving it an excuse will help you prevent it from progressing to severe diseases or to a life-threatening one.
One must be closed to its family and have an active social life to avoid panic attacks. Phobias that can be cured by your loved ones must be communicated to someone responsible for the betterment in the situation.
You should always talk to your family doctor or a specialist regardless of the severity of the symptoms, and especially if your experience on ongoing.