Panic Attacks Symptoms Scary

Fury Of Panic Attack Symptoms By Lori English

Your in the car and sitting there waiting to make a trip to the grocery store and remembering the last time you had a panic attack in the store. 

Not Again! Fear and feeling sweaty. Heart Racing!

Memories of the last panic attack that left you breathless and completely paralyzed by fear.


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Symptoms can come on suddenly without warning at can happen when you are sleeping.

Could you imagine sleeping and jumping up and your heart is racing, sweating, and you feel so sick how frightening?

Your heart is racing so fast, sweating, and having trouble breathing are some of the symptoms of a panic attack.

During an episode a person has the urge to flee or escape because of a feeling of impending doom. Hyperventilation can occcur with a panic attack because you are breathing so heavily. 

 Panic Attack Symptoms

  1. Dizziness.
  2. Heart palpations.
  3. Sweating.
  4. Chills or hot flashes. 
  5. Tingling or numbness. 
  6. Chest Pain.
  7. Desperation. 
  8. A fear of dying.
  9. Nausea.
  10. Choking.

Diagnostic And Statistical Manual Of Mental Disorders

In the ( DSM), which the” Diagnostic  Statistical Manual of Mental Illness” used by most professional counselors and mental health practitioners .

The Symptoms of a Panic Attack have to meet the criteria to make a diagnosis of Panic Disorder:

  1. Recurrent Panic Attack Symptoms that last at least one month.
  2. Persistent worry and their consequences. ( Going Crazy, heart racing. losing control).
  3. Significant changes that alter lifestyle Example. ( Behaviors that involve avoiding exercise or anything that can trigger panic attack).
  4. Panic Attacks are not caused by any effect of a drug or substance.
  5. Example. ( abuse of medication) or a general medical condition such as a thyroid condition, or a cardiopulmonary disorder.

Typically, a panic attack lasts about ten minutes but the time seems can feel slower for the person that is experiencing it. It can last longer depending on the person and the severity of the mental illness. 

People who experience panic attack’s usually to emergency room because think they maybe experiencing a heart attack. 

Disclaimer: It’s recommended to have a physical check up to rule out illness such as heart problems, thyroid, or physical problems.

Do You Experience These Symptoms?

According to the “Anxiety And Depression Association of America” about two to three percent of Americans suffer from panic disorder.  Women are more likely to experience panic then men.

Depression and anxiety can also be an underlying diagnosis which can lead to having panic attacks. Educating yourself on symptoms of panic can help you  find ways to aaleviate symptoms before they occur.

Panic disorder is diagnosed after is accessed a mental health clinician. Having the right diagnoses leads to a better treatment plan which can decrease the severity of symptoms. 


Treatment Options

Treatment for panic attacks range from therapy such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is used with other modalities to treat panic attacks.

According to the teaching and most prominent places to learn Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.” The “Beck Institute of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy “

 Beck Institute institute that can prove that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is used with the treatment of Anxiety and panic attacks. In the moment of treatment using(CBT)- Cognitive Behavior Therapy.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is used to help someone for their present issues, and works to help them set up a plan like this:

  1. Cognitive tool- What is the Issue and what is causing you to feel Anxious?
  2. Triggers- What Triggers you to feel anxious? Example- I get anxious when I am around a lot of people.
  3. Why – Asking yourself why this is making you ” feel A certain way? Become of aware of what you are feeling. 
  4. What can you do to work to understand the fear and anxiety you are feeling? Cognitive Behavioral is one of  the best treatment’s and should be worked on with a clinician.
  5. Working on the issues and finding solutions can be very helpful for the treatment and working with a clinician weekly to understand your thoughts and emotions.

Medications are used to help people who have panic attacks but this is a personal decision that you can discuss with your therapist and doctor. 

 Antidepressant medications are used to help with symptoms of anxiety and panic such as as the SSRI’s – Selective Serotonin Repuptake Inhibitors have been successful in reducing symptoms of panic. Again, discussing your needs and what is best for you is important.

Benzodiazepines are a class of anti-anxiety drugs which are used for panic attacks and other issues such as sleep and nausea. 

Breathing Techniques

Breathing techniques are used to help panic and anxiety by slowing the heart rate down and the autonomic nervous system, too. Using them during a panic attack can help, however, practicing daily to receive better results.

A tecnique used in meditaion as well as yoga that can be used in your everyday life . In fact, it allows you to calm down the sympathetic nervous sytem and decrease anxiety, too.

Breathing is a slow, patient, and takes training your system to slow down. Slow breathing is one of a way that helps slow your heart rate down. 

In an article written by  ” Psychology Today ” written by Alice Boyers, P.h.D.  writes about how breathing slowly can help you decrease panic.  ” Breathing Technqunies dont need to be complicated.”


Future Findings

Although panic disorder can be very overwhelming to anyone that has experienced it’s grueling symptoms  a lot of hope and treatment  is offered.

Having Panic attack symptoms are different than being diagnosed with panic disorder, it is crucial to be examined by a doctor and a mental health clinician so you can begin to get access the right treatment. 

Panic Attacks are very debilitating and cause people to feel isolated and ashamed of their problem, however, there is a lot of treatment.Finding treatment that best suits your specific needs is important to the recovery of panic attacks. COntact a mental health clinician or doctor . 


If you need help or feeling depressed there is a hotline for Crisis At 1-800-273-TALK. Please if you feel that you are depressed or feeling suicidal pick up the phone. You are worth It! 













































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