What are the main symptoms of panic attacks?

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esceflora - Expert in Panic Attacks
October 31st, 2014 4:49pm
I get all shaky and can't think straight. I start breathing heavily and become really pale. Almost everytime I have this overwhelming feeling I'm about to pass out. Not nice, but you can learn how to deal with this.
positiveLove82 - Expert in Panic Attacks
January 7th, 2016 4:45am
I'm not sure what the main ones are but some of the symptoms are: Shortness of breath or hyperventilation, heart palpitations or a racing heart, chest pain, trembling or shaking, choking feeling, feeling unreal or detached from your surroundings, sweating, nausea or upset stomach, feeling, dizzy, light-headed, or faint, numbness or tingling sensations, Hot or cold flashes, fear of dying, losing control, or going crazy, etc
Anonymous - Expert in Panic Attacks
November 19th, 2014 10:19pm
Troubles with breathing, dizziness, feeling like something is sitting on your chest, high heart bits...
H3LL0 - Expert in Panic Attacks
September 22nd, 2014 12:24am
An overwhelming feeling of impeding doom. A feeling of you are going to die or have a medical emergency. Having difficulty breathing. Crying.
RisingSun
November 11th, 2014 7:14pm
Whenever I have a panic attack my heart races, I get sweaty, sometimes I'll even get cold chills. I usually end up with a headache as well.
zchowdh
November 8th, 2014 11:27pm
Main symptoms of panic attacks are racing heartbeat, sweating, over thinking, not being able to sleep, and worrying.
tatertott
January 2nd, 2016 4:19pm
The main symptoms of panic attacks are: 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. Sweating. Nausea or upset stomach.
seaturtle
October 1st, 2014 6:54pm
Emotionally, panic attacks feel like a suffocating and frantic frenzy of confusion. They feel like a wave of despair and desolation that is inescapable. Physically, symptoms can include rapid or labored breathing, nausea, dizziness, and feeling hot or flushed.
Enigmatica
September 23rd, 2016 10:35am
At least some of the symptoms are; A sensation that your heart is beating irregularly, sweating, trembling, hot flushes, chills, shortness of breath, a choking sensation, chest pain, nausea, dizziness, feeling faint, numbness or pins and needles, dry mouth, a need to go to the toilet, ringing in your ears, a feeling of dread or a fear of dying, a churning stomach, a tingling sensation in your fingers, shivering and shaking.
cr0508
November 3rd, 2014 5:46am
Shortness of breath, sweating, shaking, feeling as if you're choking, nausea, hot flashes/chills, a feeling of detachment from reality, etc.
RememberingDecember
October 11th, 2014 2:32am
My personal symptoms are very sudden. I tend to get them all at once, overwhelming me. I have very intense sweats and shivers, and some fear because I feel like I'm dying. I feel like my heart is skipping a few beats, and it really freaks me out. I get really shaky and tense, and feel like i'm going to fall over, or maybe pass out.
elliejade
February 10th, 2016 5:24pm
These are some: Shortness of breath, Racing heart beat, Discomfort in the chest (chest pain), Shaking, Choking feeling, Feeling separated from your surroundings, Sweating, Feeling sick, Dizziness, Numbness, Hot or Cold flushes, and fear of dying.
Rorschak
February 11th, 2016 5:03am
The main symptoms of panic attackss are shortness of breath, increased panic (although you may not feel as though you are panicing, it just feels like you're dying), racing heart, sweating, trouble staying calm. It helps if you close your eyes and use imagry
friendholly
December 10th, 2015 9:10pm
When I have a panic attack, it's as if I have to just get out of wherever it is that I am. My breathing and heart rate increase, and I feel hot and cold. I don't want anyone to see me like this, even if they wouldn't be able to tell I was in distress. There's pressure in my head, and my vision narrows.
Anonymous
February 11th, 2016 5:10pm
Fast breathing/Heartbeat, Feeling as if you're having a heart attack/stroke, Irrational thinking
Anonymous
May 30th, 2018 12:12am
"Racing" heart. Feeling weak, faint, or dizzy. Tingling or numbness in the hands and fingers. Sense of terror, or impending doom or death. Feeling sweaty or having chills. Chest pains. Breathing difficulties. Feeling a loss of control.
professionalDeer72
February 23rd, 2017 6:38pm
Here are the main symptoms copied from a site: - Palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate. - Sweating. - Trembling or shaking. - Sensations of shortness of breath or smothering. - Feelings of choking. - Chest pain or discomfort. - Nausea or abdominal distress. - Feeling dizzy, unsteady, light-headed, or faint. - Chills or heat sensations. - Paresthesia (numbness or tingling sensations). - Derealization (feelings of unreality) or depersonalization (being detached from oneself) - Fear of losing control or “going crazy”. - Fear of dying.
Jedda
October 29th, 2014 6:46am
Panick attacks feature intense fear coupled with physical symptoms like dizziness, sweating & a racing heart.
Jessicka
June 13th, 2016 5:31am
The main symptoms of panic attacks are usually hyperventilating, chest pain, racing heart, trembling, sweating, and nausea. If you feel that you're having reoccurring attacks its best to seek professional help to better manage how often you have them.
breadplane
November 3rd, 2014 9:18pm
Racing heartbeat, trouble breathing or breathing quickly (hyperventilation), sweating, uncontrollable shaking, and an intense feeling of dread or fear. Other symptoms I experience include nausea, inability to be around others, sobbing, and fear of being touched.
filmclub
December 20th, 2015 3:07pm
Experience of panic attack is always personal. However, common symptoms of panic attacks can be: - 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 - Sweating - Nausea or upset stomach - Feeling dizzy, light-headed, or faint - Numbness or tingling sensations - Hot or cold flashes - Fear of dying, losing control, or going crazy Take care of yourself and remember, that you deserve all the support and help you can get. You are important.
juliavl
November 12th, 2016 12:55am
Sweating, shaking, feeling like you're dying, feeling like you need to move right away, and heart beating so fast you think you're going to die.
incrediblecreatures
January 9th, 2016 6:48pm
Tightness in your chest, Cold Sweats, Dizziness, Nausea, Rapid Heart Beat, Confusion, and Fear For Your Safety.
Saraahh
November 1st, 2014 8:08am
- 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.
Anonymous
May 31st, 2015 10:07am
Some of the main symptoms of panic attacks include: feeling like you are dying, feeling like your are having a heart attack, feeling like you are being electrocuted, feeling like you can't breath, hyperventilating, uncontrollable shaking, incessant crying...just to name a few.
thelisteningbarbie
December 30th, 2015 6:31am
Main symptoms of panic attacks are tight chest, sweaty palms, headache, shortage of breath, fever, and dizziness.
PuppiesandKittens
January 30th, 2016 6:56pm
Heavy Breathing, Faster hear beats, Uncontrollable twitches, Compulsive crying. These are my answer, but like anything,everyone experiences things differently. So just, try to take a deep breath a pin poin what your symptoms are. Good luck.
Anonymous
March 5th, 2017 10:41am
I can say that with my experiences of a panic attack happening the symptoms that occur are increased heart rate, difficulty breathing, chest pain, tightened muscles, thoughts that make me feel like I must be dying, struggle to conversate and ringing in my ears. In every experience I can remember when having a panic attack is that it has just come on so suddenly, without me overthinking anything or anything that I could think of that triggered it. This was the scariest part because it would happen when I really did not plan for it or know it was coming. I hope this helps answer your question(:
chenrezig
November 16th, 2014 1:34pm
hyperventialiation, percetptual abnormalitites (tunnel vision, spots aroucd the eyes) sweating. People rarely pass out although this can be a big fear, heart palptiations also people get more panicked feeling like they will have heart attack.
Angelmagic
April 18th, 2018 6:01pm
Hey there!From what i experienced sweaty palms, chest pain, shortness of breath, feeling dizzy and trembling are the first symptoms that appear and those are the most common ones. Feel free to message if you want to talk!