Anyone who has ever had a panic attack knows how frightening they can be. Like many others, I thought I was dying the first time I experienced one. Heart palpitations and a shortness of breath make you think you’re having a heart attack and should call 911. Understanding what’s going on in your body and mind is critical to taming them and reducing their hold over your life.
Dr. J. Raymond DePaulo, Jr., Professor and Co-Director of the Mood Disorder Center at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, is among the most knowledgeable and experienced psychiatrists in the country on mood disorders, skilled at translating medical jargon into language the average patient can digest and use in his or her recovery. In this video, part of the AskHopkinsPsychiatry site, he answers a question from a patient, “Why Do I Have Panic Attacks?” and explains the different forms of anxiety, as well as the treatment options that are available.