Knowing the signs and symptoms of panic attack is important. When left unchecked and uncontrolled, it may progress to severe panic disorder. Of course, there are relaxation techniques and natural remedies to relieve symptoms. But, managing panic attacks effectively requires familiarity with panic attack symptoms.
Symptoms of Panic Attack and Other Things You Must Know
1. Palpitation and Chest Pain
People describe palpation as having skipped, pounding, or faster than normal heartbeats. Other symptoms of a panic attack, like sudden intense fear, often precede or accompany palpitations.
Chest pain may happen simultaneously with palpitation. Because of these symptoms, a panic attack is sometimes mistaken for a heart attack. But, note that they are two different conditions. Both may manifest in similar ways, though. Both conditions may exhibit sharp chest pains, pressure around the chest and abdomen, radiating pain in chest and upper back, shortness of breath, and increased heart rate.
2. Choking Feeling
Some people who experience panic attacks feel as if something is blocking their airway. Others feel like they are suffocating or gagging.
3. Nausea and Abdominal Stress
Nausea is among the most common physical symptoms of panic attack. When a panic attack occurs, the body goes into a state of stress. To compensate, parts of the brain are shut off. One part that is affected is the part controls the digestive system. Thus, its proper function is disrupted. It, then, releases more stomach acid, causing the nauseous feeling.
4. Trembling or Shaking
Along with other panic attack symptoms, some people with the condition may also tremble. Some feel the sensation in certain parts, while others feel it throughout the body. This is so as the body releases three stress hormones namely norepinephrine, adrenaline, cortisol to cope with the stress of the attack. The process leads to symptoms like shaking, especially when the pent-up energy is not used.
5. Hot or Cold Flashes and Sweating
The body gets hyperstimulated when reacting to stress, often causing profuse sweating. The sweating may lead to hot or cold flashes or a sudden and extreme hot or cold feeling regardless of environment temperature.
6. Numbness and Tingling
The feeling of numbness and tingling in different parts of the body also happen during a panic attack. Once again, this happens as the body responds to stress. The feeling is often described as being pricked with pins and needles on the limbs.
There is the inability to balance when having a panic attack. Unsteadiness is felt as shaking or sense of weakness. It may also lead to fainting.
Depersonalization and derealization sometimes happen during a panic attack. These are states of being detached from oneself or reality. The person gets a sense of being “outside” his or her body. The person may also feel disconnected from the environment, including loved ones. When this happens, the person may seem spaced out and go through motions like a robot.
9. Fear of Losing Control or Dying
The intense fear of losing control and dying may also occur in a panic attack. It is often accompanied by other symptoms like shortness of breath. Some people describe their fear of losing control as a feeling of becoming crazy and getting the urge to do something awful.
While other symptoms occur, people may also develop a very strong fear of dying. This is so as the symptoms felt are signs of a terminal disease which leads to death. Scenarios of death and its implications may also flash into a person’s mind and trigger other symptoms.
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Panic attacks happen unexpectedly. People who have other existing disorders are more prone to experiencing it. Some may relieve an episode through relaxation exercises or alternative remedies like kratom. Before you try anything for your panic attacks, learn the nature of your symptoms first.
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