How To Recognise The Symptoms Of A Panic Attack

How To Recognise The Symptoms Of A Panic Attack

How To Recognise The Symptoms Of A Panic Attack

Heart pounding in your chest and overwhelming anxiety… could it be that you’re having a panic attack? How to recognise the symptoms of a panic attack.

Signs of a Panic Attack

A panic attack is understood as an intense fear that comes out of nowhere. A lot of people who experience a panic attack for the first time are taken by surprise while engaging in daily tasks. Because the symptoms are so unexpected, they might wonder if they’re having a heart attack – both might cause increased pulse, shortness of breath, weakness, chest pain, nausea, sweating and dizziness. However, unlike a heart attack, a panic attack isn’t associated with pain in other areas of the body and symptoms peak within a few minutes, then gradually subside. A panic attack might make you feel like you’re about to die and feel like you’re losing control.

What Does a Panic Attack Do To Your Body?

Your body reacts with physical symptoms because a panic attack triggers its fight-or-flight response. When the fight-or-flight response becomes activated, your body releases noradrenaline and adrenaline that are designed to cope with danger.

What’s the Difference Between a Panic Attack and an Anxiety Attack?

While physical symptoms might be identical, a panic attack is associated with a fear of dying and a sense of detachment that aren’t present in an anxiety attack. On the other hand, an anxiety attack can be preceded by intense worry and distress and occur as a response to a stressor.

How To Manage a Panic Attack?

To manage a panic attack, try to not use distractions and acknowledge the unpleasant sensations instead. Tell yourself it will pass and you aren’t in danger, then focus on your breathing – take deep breaths and imagine you become relaxed with each exhale.

How To Calm Down After a Panic attack?

A panic attack eventually goes away but the feeling of distress can linger long after. To calm yourself down, try to imagine you’re in your happy place – somewhere you feel safe. You can also bring yourself back to reality by focusing on your surroundings. You can try to name objects around you and reach out to a loved one.


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