What Do Panic Attacks Feel Like?
Panic attacks are intense episodes of overwhelming fear anxiety that can occur suddenly without any apparent trigger. They can be debilitating causing both physical psychological symptoms that can be distressing confusing for the person experiencing them.
During a panic attack individuals may experience a wide range of physical sensations including:
- Racing heart or palpitations
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Chest pain or tightness
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Sweating or chills
- Trembling or shaking
- Nausea or stomach discomfort
- Feeling of detachment from reality
In addition to the physical symptoms panic attacks can also cause various psychological symptoms such as:
- Intense fear of losing control or going crazy
- Fear of dying or having a heart attack
- Sense of impending doom or danger
- Feeling out of touch with reality
- Feeling detached or disconnected from oneself or surroundings
- Overwhelming sense of dread or apprehension
- Feeling trapped or unable to escape
Panic attacks typically reach their peak within a few minutes but some can last longer. After the peak the symptoms may gradually subside but individuals may still feel exhausted drained or on edge. It is not uncommon for panic attacks to have a lingering impact on a person’s mood daily activities.
Recognizing Managing Panic Attacks
If you or someone you know experiences panic attacks it is important to recognize the symptoms seek appropriate help. Consulting a healthcare professional such as a doctor or therapist can provide guidance support in managing panic attacks.
Some strategies that may help in managing panic attacks include:
- Deep breathing exercises
- Progressive muscle relaxation techniques
- Practicing mindfulness or meditation
- Talking to a trusted friend or family member
- Engaging in regular physical exercise
- Avoiding triggers that may contribute to panic attacks
Panic attacks can be overwhelming distressing experiences. By understanding the physical psychological symptoms associated with panic attacks individuals their loved ones can recognize the condition seek appropriate support. With the right management techniques professional help individuals can learn to cope with panic attacks regain control over their lives.