Experts say panic attacks are sudden rushes of intense dread or distress, accompanied by a number of painful physical symptoms. Although panic attacks can sneak up out of the blue, they can be triggered by chemical and hormonal imbalances, a lack of sleep, and drugs, alcohol or caffeine. They’re also often tied to traumatic or taxing life situations. Since a panic attack can closely mirror a heart attack, people who experience them for the first time often end up in the emergency room. If someone’s official diagnosis turns out to be a panic attack, simple lifestyle adjustments, such as getting enough sleep and exercise, can reduce symptoms.
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