Cincinnati--Panic attacks usually occur when there is a chemical
imbalance in the brain and symptoms may include trembling and shaking,
rapid breathing, a racing or pounding heart, sweating and looking pale,
feeling far away from the situation, yet totally absorbed in how the
overwhelming anxiety or fear is causing physical discomfort.
at the University of Cincinnati (UC) Medical Center are studying new
treatments for panic attacks with good results. "Since the terrorist
strike on the New York City World Trade Center on September 11, those
who are predisposed to panic attacks or phobias may find it harder to
keep them from disrupting their normal pattern of life," said Lawson
Wulsin, MD, associate professor of psychiatry and director of the UC
Primary Care Psychiatry Program.
If you have recurrent panic
attacks that last several minutes and cause physical, psychological and
social problems, you may be interested in finding out more about panic
or anxiety research programs at the UC Medical Center. Call (513) 558-5025 for more information.