Symptoms of a panic Attack

You can suffer from panic attacks at any stage of your life and these sudden feelings of terror one gets can strike without any warning.  As well as a panic attack occurring during the day you could even suffer them at night as you sleep.  Generally people who suffer from this disorder will experience some but not all the symptoms of a panic attack when it occurs.

Panic attacks will normally only last for a short period of time around 10 minutes if you have one.  However, sometimes you may find that some of the symptoms associated with such attacks may last for quite a bit longer.  Certainly once you have had one panic attack you are at a greater risk of suffering from others in the future.  For those who have to deal with panic attacks quite regularly then they are suffering from the condition which is referred to as Panic Disorder.

There are not only physical symptoms that a sufferer of panic attacks will have to deal with, but there are the mental ones as well.  Below we take a look at the symptoms of a panic attack which a sufferer needs to be aware so that they know when an attack is occurring.

1.  You may when you are having a panic attack feel dizzy and apprehensive.  Often you may find yourself panicking when there isn’t anything for you to panic about.  Sometimes the dizzy can lead to you feeling weak and in some cases if it becomes a severe attack you may faint.

2. Sometimes you may find it hard to breathe when an attack occurs as there seems to be some kind of restriction to your chest and may be your throat.  The constriction of the chest is often caused by your body trying to combat the surge of adrenalin within the body.

3. You will find that your heart rate is much faster than normal in order to try and pump more oxygen around the body.  Because your body is using up more oxygen then you find yourself beginning to hyperventilate (you are breathing much faster and deeper).  This is because your body is trying to get more oxygen into it in order to replace that which has been lost.

4. When you suffer a panic attack you may start to feel disassociated from the things around you.   Sometimes it can feel as you are moving away from things that are real or your vision becomes tunneled.  Although these kinds of symptoms are also associated with a person having a heartache one needs to be aware that when they occur with a panic attack they won’t hurt you. 

Although the symptoms of a panic attack may seem frightening to those who have them it is important for you to remember that the attack can be controlled.  The first thing to do when you feel that an attack is approaching is to start breathing very slowly and very deeply.  Even this can provide you with the ability to get the panic attack under control and you will hopefully begin to feel better shortly afterwards.