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Why do people get sweaty when having a panic attack?

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Last Updated: 07/30/2018 at 1:53am
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April 14th, 2015 12:02pm
People can get sweaty when having a panic attack because they can become really nervous, scared, or they are focusing on something and it is making them anxious.
May 25th, 2015 6:59am
A panic attack is when one's flight or fight response kicks in. This causes your adrenal glands to pump out Adrenalin to prepare the body to protect itself.
May 26th, 2015 10:55pm
Because your heart is racing, making your blood pump around your body quicker, just as if you are excercising.
June 4th, 2015 5:57pm
Because panic attacks get our body's "defence mode" started, so it gets in the fight-or-fly attitude. This "mode" involves many organs and glands, and in general terms it rushes your body's rythm. As a result, your inner temperature rises and your body sweats to cool off.
June 22nd, 2015 1:38am
When people have panic attacks, they build up a lot of adrenaline while have an attack. It's the body's physical way of saying it's in panic mode and that it is being threatened.
June 23rd, 2015 3:33pm
The thoughts and feelings are overwhelming. It is a human response to threat... fight-flight-freeze. Perceiving a situation as threat would increase heart-rates, breathing, adrenaline to response quickly, either run or fight it. But as these physical response get overwhelming panic attack occur. Physical sensation becomes overpowering and amplified with the thoughts that "I cannot handle it" or "oh my goooosh, this is too much"..etc. Then panic attack is there, and sweat is a way for body to cooling the core muscle for a better response. In common, sweaty hands when encountering a challenging or fearful situation... eg: public speaking, video interview... are very common. Learn to notice the physical sensation, notice the thoughts and feelings, but not let them overpower you; could be a very good way to handle and work with your fear. Therefore, panic attack may not need to occur since the way you handle anxiety is different... accepting, breathing into it, noticing anxiety, normalize anxiety... may actually long term work very well along with what you really want to do in your life.
February 1st, 2016 1:02am
its one of the symptoms of panick attacks its very normal to get sweaty during having a panick attack
July 30th, 2018 1:53am
It's part of the bodies response. During a panic attack your heart rate increases and blood vessels can dilate which can cause some people to get sweaty.