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

Due to the abundance of disturbing news about the new pandemiccoronavirus can experience a real panic attack. The symptoms are similar to those of COVID-19: shortness of breath, sensation of impending death, feeling of constriction in the chest. Unsurprisingly, this confuses people, especially if a panic attack occurred for the first time. A panic attack is an inexplicable, excruciating attack of anxiety and fear, combined with somatic symptoms. This neurotic disorder is extremely common, and its causes are not fully understood. Researchers believe that in most cases the cause of panic attacks is severe stress, illness, or excessive stress. It is believed that young people aged 20-30 are most susceptible to panic attacks, and women are more often affected by men. But how to distinguish a panic attack from the true symptoms of COVID-19?

It is not easy to distinguish a panic attack from a real disease

Sweating, shortness of breath, fear of death - symptomspanic attacks are not pleasant. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, people who first encounter a panic attack are unlikely to understand what is happening to them. the situation is complicated by the fact that one of the symptoms of a panic attack, like COVID-19, is anxiety. We tell how to determine the difference.

Panic attacks - what you need to know?

In simple terms, a panic attack isan attack of chilling fear. Very often they occur suddenly, for no apparent reason. 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, high fever, chills. If you have chest pain or have serious breathing problems for a long period of time, or if you feel physically ill, you should immediately call a doctor. But what if you think the symptoms are caused by fear or anxiety?

As Popular Science writes, people often fall intoa classic panic attack when it seems to them that they cannot breathe. This usually happens because a person takes very quick, shallow breaths. This minimizes oxygen consumption and makes muscles tense.

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

To deal with this unpleasant conditionResearchers advise focusing on breathing. In general, when talking about anxiety disorders and panic attacks, it is important to remember that breathing exercises are effective in treating these disorders.

Conscious breathing techniques are effective in treating anxiety disorders.

Daily implementation of such simple breathing practices as: counting to four during inspiration, holding the breath at the count of four, exhaling at the count of four and again holding the breath, and again can help stabilize the condition and againprovide a normal flow of oxygen. As soon as you stop feeling lack of air, the body can relax. In an instant, the panic is unlikely to disappear, but it will surely dissipate.

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

If you have already experienced panic attacks,then do not forget to regularly do breathing exercises - but only with the permission and under the supervision of the attending physician. Self-medication can be dangerous to your health. As for those who have been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder, experts advise adhering to the usual methods that help cope with a panic attack. If physical exercises help you, continue to do sports - walk or run on the street as much as you can, or do yoga at home. If you have already been prescribed a medicine, continue to take it (under the supervision of a doctor). Let me remind you that in order to feel good, doctors recommend eating right, giving up bad habits, getting enough sleep and periodically disconnecting from news about the latest events to give the brain a rest.

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Panic attack or coronavirus?

My first panic attack happened at work. It was the most ordinary day, everything went as usual, when suddenly I began to run out of air (doctors call this common symptom an “incomplete breath”). Thoughts appeared in my head that something was wrong with me, and now something catastrophic would happen. I lost control of myself, there was a sharp surge of adrenaline, panic. He left work, not realizing what happened to me. Two hours later, the attack ended.

Alexey's story leads the publication Hydra.Journal

Panic conditions are treatable, the main thing is to seek help

If a panic attack occurs for the first time, like thisoddly enough, researchers advise admitting to yourself that you are scared or have experienced grief. The fact is that such recognition has a double advantage: this thinking encourages you to be kind to yourself and at the same time discourages. Grief and anxiety should not absorb you every minute. Realize that it is, but also that fear, anxiety and grief are not you. Have you ever experienced a panic attack? You can talk about this difficult topic with the participants of our Telegram chat. There you will find like-minded people.

Experts point out that meditation or techniqueMindful breathing perfectly helps relieve stress. Today there are applications with which you can calmly meditate. But do not forget that this is not a universal recipe and may not have an effect on you.

If symptoms like fever or cough persist when you calm down, see a doctor immediately.

Do not forget that you can also apply forhelp to family, friends and therapist. Thanks to modern technology, many experts receive online, and with relatives you can call via video at almost any time. Be that as it may, it is not necessary to consider psychological problems as something shameful or terrible, since mental health, like physical health, is closely interlinked and require equal attention. And most importantly, they are treatable. Be healthy.