Palo Alto Health Sciences is starting a blog series about panic attacks, panic disorder, and panic-related conditions. Let’s begin by getting all of us on the same page by defining the panic attack. Panic attacks have three distinct characteristics: 1. An abrupt surge of fear that ordinarily will last for 10 to 30 minutes, 2. A variety of intense and unpleasant physical symptoms, and 3. Fearful psychological experiences related to the attack.
In celebration of Porter magazine’s fifth anniversary, the publication welcomed Gisele Bündchen, its first-ever cover model and one of the world’s biggest supermodels, back to the front page.
Heart palpitations. Dizziness. Nausea. Numbness. Trouble breathing. Chest pains. An all-encompassing feeling of dread.
Last summer, my husband and I and our two teenage boys flew to Iceland, then England, and then home to Virginia. For me, this was not just a vacation; it was a personal triumph. It was the first time I had flown across the Atlantic in almost two decades.
Continue reading “Grounded by fear: Learn how one woman tackled the panic attacks that kept her from flying.”