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How do I know if I'm having a panic attack ?

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Last Updated: 05/19/2020 at 8:14pm
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February 12th, 2015 5:15am
Symptoms of a panic attack include the following: Shortness of breath or hyperventilation. Heart palpitations or a racing heart. Chest pain or discomfort. Trembling or shaking. Choking feeling. Feeling unreal or detached from your surroundings. You may try this link out and see if it has any information that could help you manage your panic attacks:
February 16th, 2015 10:01pm
Many people have different symptoms when it comes to panic attacks, mostly it is breathing difficulties, sometimes tingling in hands and feet, sweating, hot and cold flashes, vision may start to be affected, you may feel nausea or feel slightly faint: the list is endless. It is important if you do have a panic attack to try and pinpoint what triggered it and sometimes doing breathing techniques each day can reduce the chance of you having a panic attack, so make sure you take the time in the day for yourself.
May 8th, 2015 2:17am
shortness of breath, extreme terror or fear of death, rapid heartbeat, nausea, & a need to escape...
April 23rd, 2015 3:27pm
One easy sign to know if you're having a panic attack is if you have tightness in your chest, or trouble breathing. That's the first thing I would look out for. General nervousness or worry that you're going to freak out would be another. If you think you're having a heart attack (but are young and healthy) you probably are just having a panic attack.
August 11th, 2015 3:05am
Typically, for me, I start to hyperventilate, and lose track of time and myself/my emotions. You sort of detach from the world. Breathing may quicken, you may shake, you'll feel scared and confused. These are all normal. Always remember to breathe! In the nose, out the mouth, and repeat.
August 25th, 2015 10:28pm
You would have some indication that you are having a panic attack because you might feel that your heart is racing, hands might feel sweaty and you may even begin to feel quite dizzy. It's sometimes helpful to sit down and stomp your feet on the floor to remind yourself of where you are and give yourself something to concentrate on or get in touch with a 7 cups listener.
September 14th, 2015 2:27am
You just know when you are having a panic attack. You may feel some chest pains, racing heart, sweaty palms and inability to control things and yourself.
November 10th, 2015 2:42pm
When you feel suffocated or stressed for some reason that is out of control. Different people have different types of panic attacks you can seek a doctor or a therapist to know more about yours.
February 9th, 2016 6:45pm
With panic attacks comes excessive thoughts. Your breathing bacomes heavy(like after running)and ur palms sweaty. Also, turning a panic attack, u might think that things are out of ur controll.
July 12th, 2016 9:57am
You are having a panic attack when you don't know what is happening. You feel confused, you are scared and you don't think good.
July 12th, 2016 12:16pm
If you're having a panik attack you feel your legs and arms shaking and you feel like you're going crazy. Someone feels like he/she's going to die. I used to cry a lot and I couldn't breath. The only way to make it stop is to try to calm down and breath. It's really hard, i know, but you have nothing else to do.
November 15th, 2016 1:34pm
When I am having a panic attack, I get dizzy and nauseous and jittery, My heart beats fast and I feel like something horrible is going to happen
April 4th, 2017 7:12pm
Your heart might be racing, you may feel weak, faint, dizzy and/or sweaty, you might have difficulty breathing or shortness of breath. You might feel a loss of control, and have racing thoughts.
November 28th, 2017 11:58pm
Shortness of breath, dizziness, numbness, hearing doing dull, migraines and cramps, inability to move, sweating, shaking and other symptoms are common in panic attacks
July 2nd, 2018 1:41am
Some symptoms of a panic attack can include; accelerated heartbeat, breathing difficulties, sweatiness/clamminess, dizziness, and a sense of terror
July 24th, 2018 3:42am
You chest may feel tight, your heart will race, you will feel a flood of negative emotions and limited control
October 9th, 2018 2:23pm
Sometimes it's difficult to decipher when you're having a panic attack. At other times, it's more obvious to when you are. When you are having a panic attack you could start to sweat. You could have an out of body sensation, which means you feel like you're floating. You could start rocking back and forth. Your heart rate could also rapidly speed up, or maybe just a little bit. It is hard to get it under control. You could become dizzy, and you could also shake and tremble. Sometimes people even feel like they're going to die. It is a common fear whilst having a panic attack. Another fear that i personally have is a fear that i'm going crazy, or losing my mind. Also, a lot of crying. These are the main symptoms of having a panic attack.
May 19th, 2020 8:14pm
Look for at least four of these signs: sweating, trembling, shortness of breath, chocking sensation, chest pain, nausea, dizziness, fear of losing your mind, feeling hot or cold, fear of dying, numbness or tingling, a racing heart/palpitations and feeling detached from yourself. This often comes suddenly with symptoms peaking within 10 minutes. People generally can overcome panic attacks faster If they seek help after the first one or two and when you do seek help your doctor will ask about your symptoms and the situation surrounding that. However, if you don't feel comfortable seeking help there are plenty of apps on electronical devices that can help you with panic attacks more privately.