How Do I Recognize a Panic Attack?
What are My Chances of
Having a Panic Attack?
As the pace of social life gets faster, so does the chance of having a panic attack .
One of the best ways to reduce the negative consequences of an attack is to know and understand the most common panic attack symptoms.
Generally speaking panic attacks are described as the body’s reaction to a stressful situation, or the triggering of the “fight or flight” mechanism.
In most people this reaction triggers at times of high stress.
Some people experience this randomly and their control over the attack will be extremely low – which might mean that they are suffering from panic disorder.
So what are the main panic attack symptoms?
How Can I Tell
If I'm Having a Panic Attack?
Here are some of the symptoms of panic attacks:
- Panic attacks are sometimes very similar to a heart attack, however, any doctor will assure you that the two can be distinguished.
- Some panic attack symptoms include quickness of breathing, increased heart rate, increased body temperature
- An overwhelming feeling of dread or fear (panic) is also common.
- Most panic sufferers also experience tightness in their chest, which usually leads them to believe they are having a heart attack.
Some of the other common panic attack symptoms include the following: profuse sweating, tingling in one or both arms and/or the tips of the fingers, minor delusions, lightheadedness, dizziness, nausea, unfounded fear towards random objects or events.
The common symptoms related to panic attacks vary from person to person. Most chronic panic sufferers tend to have a unique set of symptoms that mark their panic attacks.
Early Panic Attack Signs
While the symptoms from above are good indicators that you are having an attack, you should also keep other things in mind.
For example, the duration of the attack is limited.
A person who experiences any combination of these symptoms should remember that the feelings don't last very long.
15 minutes is the longest the body can maintain this reaction.
But, if this anxiety of having a panic lasts longer then than it might be a very different problem making it very important to get to doctor as soon as possible.
Prolonged anxiety or panic, especially when more then one panic has occurred, is a sign of panic disorder.
Another major factor of panic attacks is the feeling of anxiety that follows an attack.
Most people who experience a panic attack tend to worry about having more attacks.
This is a natural occurrence, and a good sign that all you experienced was a panic attack.
This feeling may last as long as a few days to a week.
If the duration and severity of the attacks increases you should seek help with a medical physician, or psychiatric doctor in order to control the attacks.