March 9th marks Panic Day. While few people celebrate the day and some may even find the idea of Panic Day kind of strange, it may not be a bad day to consider.
Panic feels awful. Ask anyone who’s ever experienced a panic attack. Panic disorder is a condition with symptoms that could include:
- Feeling overwhelmed or out of control
- Fears of death
- Worries about having other attacks
- Avoidance of people, places, or things that may trigger further attacks
- Racing or pounding heart
- Breathing difficulties
- Chest and/or stomach pain
- Tingling hands
Such symptoms may feel like a heart attack. They could overwhelm people who might not know what’s happening.
If they experience repeated panic attacks, people may isolate themselves. They may drink alcohol or use drugs because they’re depressed or they’re trying to curb the symptoms of their panic.
Drinking or using drugs may cause additional depression, though. They may prevent people from seeking help to treat their panic and their substance use.
But, help is vital to treat both panic and substance use. Panic can interfere with our lives but it should stop them entirely.
nimh.nih.gov – Panic Disorder: When Fear Overwhelms