In model Kharina Kharuddin’s new video, you won’t see her posing contrary to the sunlit waves of some tropical paradise. You won’t see her modeling the summer’s trendiest bathing suites.
Instead, you’ll see her hyperventilating in sheer terror; she’s having one “the worst” panic attacks of her life.
The video, which she recently shared to her nearly 100,000 followers on Instagram, portrays her in a uniquely vulnerable light.
And that’s the whole point.
“I hope people start realizing how real and how large a challenge this is on the planet,” Kharuddin told Healthline in an email. “So lots of people belittle mental health and try to push it down however that doesn’t solve the issue and probably only causes it to be worse generally in most cases. So I hope I were able to somehow help raise awareness or help those going right through something similar remember that they’re not alone.”
Topping a lot more than 300,000 views, the video has certainly started a conversation. The comment section underneath the video has become one of love and encouragement among her online community.
“For anyone who has had intense panic attacks previously in the general public, it feels a little less isolating of an event, when I help you fight with it,” wrote one commenter.
Panic attacks and, more broadly, panic disorder refer to incidents of extreme fear that are followed by physical symptoms including rapid heartbeat and sweating.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 2.7 percent of U.S. adults had panic disorder previously year; nearly 5 percent of adults in the United States will experience panic disorder sooner or later in their lives.
In addition it tends to be more prevalent in women than in men.
Panic attacks are not inherently dangerous, but the person experiencing them may believe something is severely wrong, like a coronary attack, or an impending sense that they are going to die.
In severe cases the symptoms of a panic attack can result in hospitalization.
“The biggest thing is panic attacks will look like someone is extremely seriously ill and the person can feel exactly the same way,” said Dr. Christopher Sampson, an emergency physician at University of Missouri Health Care. “Panic attacks may come out of nowhere and may not have an inciting event.”
That is to state that while symptoms may not harm the in-patient, it doesn’t make what they’re experiencing any less real.
As evidenced by Kharuddin’s video, a panic attack isn’t just in your head. Your body is reacting to a perceived threat: blood pressure and heartbeat increase, you start to sweat, and breathing becomes more rapid.
“The symptoms of a panic attack mimic the ‘fight or flight response’— when you’re actually met with real danger such as for example being chased by way of a wild animal,” said Dr. Robert Glatter, emergency physician, Lenox Hill Hospital, NYC. “The release of stress hormones such as for example epinephrine and norepinephrine — accountable for the fight or flight response — is ultimately accountable for elevated blood pressure, heartbeat, and rapid breathing