He is pretending! There is no reason for her to get so worried. All they want is attention! It is just fear after all..No Way! Panic Attack is a real medical condition.
A Panic Attack is Not Pretense.
I) Very often a person going through panic attack is blamed for it! Since other people cannot see a reason for the person to show so much fear, they feel the person going through panic attack is faking it. They mistakenly believe that the person maybe pretending to have a panic attack to gain attention or sympathy. NOT TRUE! The person suffering from a panic attack is trying very hard to cope with immense anxiety and fear. The person is not purposely making a big deal or trying to grab your attention. A Panic Attack is Not Pretense. Panic Attack is a real medical condition.The person feels overwhelmed by feelings of anxiety and fear. Alas, not many people can understand this as they find it difficult to comprehend panic attacks particularly since they cannot find any justifiable external cause for the person to feel so much fear.
II) Panic Attacks are caused by the heart. Because the symptoms of Panic Attack may include fastening of heart beat, chest pain,hyperventilation, shortness of breath, etc. (For more on the warning signs of Panic Attacks please view: Attack Panic Attack) the person thinks he or she is having a heart attack. NOT TRUE! A panic attack is not a heart attack neither is it caused by the heart. Panic Attacks fall in the spectrum of common mental disorders.
III) Panic Attacks are just about fear.NOT TRUE! Most people believe(falsely, of course!) that the person who gets a panic attack is only getting afraid. So good natured advice like, “..come on now, buck up!” or “..don’t get scared, I am there with you.”, is often patronizingly offered. Fear is a natural mechanism we have inbuilt in us to alert us to impending danger. We all experience fear, in panic however the fear response is largely exaggerated and often experienced without a valid cause.
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