Untreated Panic Attacks Can Be Dangerous

Panic attacks are one of the many types of mental health problems called anxiety disorders. During a panic attack, which can arrive without warning, the sufferer may tremble or shake and experience confusion, dizziness, nausea, and breathing difficulties. The attack can last for up to two hours, and is believed to be caused by overactive chemical responses in the brain. Treatment for panic attacks usually involves a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, like Zoloft, and a course of cognitive behavior therapy. If untreated, this disorder can lead to substance abuse, depression, and suicidal thoughts. Forcing children with panic disorders to face a specific fear can cause long-term mental health problems.

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