Panic Attack Symptoms
What are the symptoms of panic attack? When do you know you are getting ready to have another episode? There are some things to ask yourself and conditions to watch for:
- Are you constantly worried about things, but there are no signs of trouble?
- “Racing” heart?
- Do you have frequent aches and pains, but can’t trace them to an illness or injury?
- Tingling or numbness in the hands and fingers?
- Do you get tired easily, but you have trouble sleeping?
- Is your body constantly tense?
- Chest pains?
- Does your heart start pounding for no reason?
- Do you feel dizzy?
- Do you feel you can’t breathe?
- Sense of terror, or impending doom or death?
- Do you feel like this over and over again?
I am not a doctor – these symptoms could be serious and you should
consult a physician.
However. . .these symptoms are often relieved immediately if you take a slow, proper breath. You don’t want to hyperventilate by breathing too much or too fast and you need to breathe deep into the diaphragm, not shallow “chest breathing.” Avoid “mouth breathing” and slow your rate of respiration. That’s a lot to remember – especially when you feel anxious! I use a little battery operated breathing reminder to help me remember what I am supposed to be doing when I start having a panic attack. (For more info on that, see BreathMinder.)
This disorder takes several shapes – which best describes your situation?
- GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder)
- Panic Disorder
- OCD (Obessive-Compulsive Disorder)
- PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
This short list is general in nature, but it suggests the types of problems you may be encountering on a daily basis. Knowing which one(s) of these apply to you will help you understand the process and get you on the road to coping with the situation – effectively.
If any of these seem way too familiar to you, see your doctor and start out on the road to wellness right away. These situations do not improve with age if you ignore the signs but they can be resolved and oftentimes eliminated.
Remember that this is not medical or professional advice. I speak from experience and I know what you are feeling. Help is available, but you should consult a professional before trying an alternate form of treatment.
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- You will see in most of the reading that a person who does not breathe correctly can bring on these symptoms. Some people have stopped having panic attacks simply through breathwork!
When I am having a panic attack, I don’t remember most of my training so I have learned to use a breathing reminder, The BreathMinder®. It was designed with panic and anxiety in mind – discreet to not attract attention, persistent (with a “nag” alarm,) simple (nothing to program) and tiny so I can wear it under my clothing. Click here for more information.
Page last updated February 26, 2017