Recognizing panic attack symptoms

Dont Panic

Fear is the most typical of all panic attack symptoms. This is often characterized by the strong desire to flee. You cant predict a panic attack but a trigger is usually responsible for the onset of an attack. Stress, depression, phobias, drugs or a traumatic experience can be triggers.

If you experience immobilizing fear, lack of concentration, depression or phobias then they could lead eventually to a panic attack.

If you have one or more of the panic attack symptoms below then you could be on the verge of a panic attack:

Tingling in hands, feet or scalp
Chest pain or palpitations
Chills or hot flushes
Shortness of breath
Intense fear
Muscle spasm
Dry mouth

During a panic attack many people feel that they will lose control, have a heart attack, are suffering from a serious illness or are ‘going crazy’. Panic attacks usually only last for several minutes but they are frightening.

In my own experience the first panic attack symptom I get is tingling in my fingers and scalp and a dry mouth. I get six of the panic attack symptoms above before and during the attack as well as ‘the wave’ of panic which follows. I will talk about ‘the wave’ another time.

Recognizing the symptoms is a good thing as it alerts me to the fact that I am anxious and I then know to start my breathing techniques to lower my over-breathing which is causing the symptoms, so the panic attack doesn’t come on.

Forewarned is forearmed, so they say, and in my case this warning has helped me many a time.

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1 comment to Recognizing panic attack symptoms

  • Julie G

    Thanks Paulineh for the symptoms of panic attacks. I have just realised for the first time that I actually experience 6 of the symptoms regularly and think I may have experienced my first panic attack a few days ago when I suddenly felt severe nausea and shortness of breath and had to go outside and breathe my way through a wave of ‘something’ that came over me. Hopefully I will be able to overcome this before it progresses by being more aware. A Doctor once told me it was just a matter of time before I started to have panic attacks but I didn’t really believe him as at the time I hadn’t really experienced anything like what he was describing as a panic attack. I will definitely try to work on breathing techniques.