Are you having panic attacks? Here's what you need to know

Panic attacks can be very debilitating and have been described as "fear spread all over".

A panic attack is a sudden surge of overwhelming anxiety and fear, explains behavioural psychologist Dr Helgo Schomer.

It's a sudden and overwhelming feeling of acute disabling anxiety.

Dr Helgo Schomer, behavioural psychologist

Dr Schomer explains that some symptoms include:

  • sweating
  • heart palpitations
  • shaking
  • shortness of breathe
  • numbness
  • nausea or dizziness
  • intense fear

He advises that panic attacks are often triggered by an underlying event which has caused someone great stress or trauma.

According to Dr Schomer, understanding the root cause of one's panic attacks can help them better treat their condition.

He offered the following advice on how to treat a panic attack:

  • reduce yourself into a small ball as quickly as possible

Kneel, hands on the floor and scan your whole body.

Dr Helgo Schomer, behavioural psychologist
  • breathe slowly and deeply
  • stop and think
  • relax your muscles
  • think positive thoughts

Dr Schomer gave his advice and answered questions from callers who shared their personal stories.

Take a listen:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Are you having panic attacks? Here's what you need to know


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
How to let go of the things (and people) that no longer add value to your life

How to let go of the things (and people) that no longer add value to your life

Behavioural psychologist Dr Helgo Schomer says people often clutter their lives with material possessions and past relationships.

How to use your envy to your advantage (and why it's different from jealousy)

How to use your envy to your advantage (and why it's different from jealousy)

Behavioural psychologist Dr Helgo Schomer says envy has the potential to be constructive, if it is used as a tool for motivation.

5 things needed for you to excel at your workplace

5 things needed for you to excel at your workplace

Behavioural psychologist Dr Helgo Schomer evaluates what he believes are five key factors to creating the best working conditions.

Why being lonely isn't the same as being alone

Why being lonely isn't the same as being alone

Behavioural psychologist Dr Helgo Schomer explains the difference between being alone and feelings of loneliness.

Winter blues got you down? What you must know about Seasonal Affective Disorder

Winter blues got you down? What you must know about Seasonal Affective Disorder

Don't brush off that yearly feeling or a seasonal funk. Here's how to help keep your mood and motivation up throughout the year.

How to come to grips with the fear of death and dying

How to come to grips with the fear of death and dying

Death is the one certainty in life, yet many people struggle to embrace their own mortality. Dr Schomer gives enlightening advice.

Why your child's imaginary friend is a beautiful gift

Why your child's imaginary friend is a beautiful gift

A good imagination helps develop your child's social and creative skills, explains behavioural psychologist Dr Helgo Schomer.

Bad temper? 6 tips on how to keep your anger in check

Bad temper? 6 tips on how to keep your anger in check

Anger is a strong and natural emotion that everyone experiences every now and again. Here's how to manage your reactions.

How to move on after your home is burgled

How to move on after your home is burgled

Are you a victim of burglary? Here are some things you should do to overcome the trauma.

How to stay motivated in everyday life

How to stay motivated in everyday life

Behavioural psychologist Dr Helgo Schomer says motivation is the driving force which pushes people towards their goals.

Popular articles
Eskom to destroy 90 000 mining jobs, warns Minerals Council SA

Eskom to destroy 90 000 mining jobs, warns Minerals Council SA

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Henk Langenhoven, Chief Economist at Minerals Council South Africa.

NG Kerk minister condemned for showing solidarity with Christchurch victims

NG Kerk minister condemned for showing solidarity with Christchurch victims

NG Kerk dominee Riaan de Villiers says he was told he is not allowed to call Muslims our brother and sisters, and children of God.

'South African society even more unequal than under apartheid'

'South African society even more unequal than under apartheid'

Independent consultant at the Thabo Mbeki Foundation Professor Barney Pityana blames political leadership for the moral decay.

[WATCH] Chaos as suicidal SA pilot crashes plane into clubhouse

[WATCH] Chaos as suicidal SA pilot crashes plane into clubhouse

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

Government allocates R967 million to settle students historic debt

Government allocates R967 million to settle students historic debt

Minister Naledi Pandor says the money is specifically for those students who were funded under the previous NSFAS scheme.

Paramedics fear for their lives as attacks on EMS crews continue

Paramedics fear for their lives as attacks on EMS crews continue

An ambulance crew was held at gunpoint, assaulted and robbed of their belongings while on a call out in Khayelitsha.

Best way to invest the jackpot if you win the lotto

Best way to invest the jackpot if you win the lotto

More than 70% of lotto winners go broke, warns Warren Ingram, a personal financial advisor at Galileo Capital.