Understanding Cardiac Neurosis, Panic Attacks, and Panic Disorders

 Cardiac Neurosis

Cardiac Neurosis is a condition that involves similar symptoms as that of a cardiac condition but its medical examinations seldom shows a proof of having a heart problem. This condition is often caused by anxiety and overwhelming fear.

Cardiac Neurosis and Panic Attacks

Cardiac Neurosis is also considered as the previous name for panic disorder. The primary reason behind this is because panic attacks have symptoms that can be very much alike as that of a heart problem.

Panic attacks are sudden rush of too much fear and anxiety that causes your heart to beat overwhelmingly to the point that you cannot breathe. During some worse cases where the patient who experiences panic attacks may feel like they are dying or going crazy. Ongoing attacks of such can interrupt regular activities and may even lead to some serious health conditions. Fortunately, panic attacks can be cured through proper treatments and medications.

In several instances, panic attacks can occur without any warning and often times without any definite reason. Some people may even experience panic attack while they are asleep. These attacks may either be a one-time occurrence or can be chronic to some people. Some people may encounter panic attacks and yet can still be normal and healthy, but in some worst cases, these attacks may indicate of a more serious condition of which should not be ignored.

Symptoms of Panic Attacks

The signs and symptoms of panic attacks may occur anywhere. Whether you are working at your office, driving your car, shopping, walking along the street, or even when you are just relaxing at your house.

Panic attacks can progress quickly and can reach its peak within 10 minutes. Although panic attacks rarely take an hour or more, it usually lasts within 25 up to 30 minutes. And if it still persists, then you should definitely consult your doctor for medical attention.
These are some of the signs and symptoms of panic attacks. A combination of two or more can already be considered as a higher-level of this condition.

  • Shortness of breath or hyperventilation
  • Heart palpitations or a racing heart
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Feeling unreal or detached from your surroundings Sweating
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Choking feeling
  • Nausea or upset stomach
  • Feeling dizzy, light-headed, or faint
  • Numbness or tingling sensations
  • Hot or cold flashes
  • Fear of dying, losing control, or going crazy

Differentiating between a Panic Attack and a Panic Disorder

A panic attack may occur once or twice, and it can still be considered as normal, but when it becomes reoccurring, then it may have actually developed already into a panic disorder.

Panic Disorder is also a panic attack, only chronic and reoccurring plus institutes continuous anxiety and have major behavioural changes.