Panic Attack Symptoms
Panic attacks are sudden feelings of terror that strike
without warning. These episodes can occur at any time, even during sleep. A person
experiencing a panic attack may believe that he or she is having a heart attack or that death
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"All of a sudden, I felt a tremendous wave of fear for no reason at all. My heart was pounding, my chest hurt, and it was getting harder to breathe. I thought I was going to die."
"I'm so afraid. Every time I start to go out, I get that awful feeling in the pit of my stomach, and I'm terrified that another panic attack is coming or that some other, unknown terrible thing was going to happen."
Panic attack facts
- Symptoms of panic attacks usually begin abruptly and include
- While panic disorder can certainly be serious, it is not immediately physically threatening.
- A variety of treatments are available, including several effective medications, and specific forms of psychotherapy.
- People who have panic attacks can use a number of lifestyle changes like aerobic exercise, avoiding triggers like alcohol, caffeine, and illicit drugs, as well as stress-management techniques to help decrease anxiety.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/24/2016