Psychology Independent Study Final
“I was driving down to my parents house in Maine when all of the sudden, I felt a sudden heat flash across my face. Followed by a feeling of nervous, tingly panic. I felt my stomach tie in knots. My face was burning and my body started shaking, I thought to myself- what is happening to me? And pulled my car off the road. My heart was pounding in my chest and I felt like I couldn’t breath, I started to feel lightheaded and thought to myself, am I dying? Maybe it’ll just pass. I felt an urge to run, I don’t know where I just had to get out, had to leave my car.”
The definition of a panic attack is an intense attack characterized by feelings of impending doom, trembling, sweating, pounding heart and other physical symptoms. Though in reality a panic attack is so much more. Panic attacks can be linked to phobias such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) along with many other serious mental illnesses. People with Panic Disorder have repeated attacks and have anxiety about having another, sometimes this can lead to something called Agoraphobia.
Agoraphobia is a seriously misunderstood disease. Many people make the common mistake and think that agoraphobia is the fear of open or public spaces when, in reality, this is not true, though they do in some way relate. Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder. A person with Agoraphobia often starts out having panic attacks occasionally, and then they start having panic attacks because they are afraid of getting panic attacks and are afraid of getting them in a public place. The person then may stop going to school or work or really any public place out of fear that they will have another attack.
They then develop an irrational fear (a phobia), and they may reach a point where they are unable to even step out of their house because of the...