Rapid heart rate. Sweating. Trembling. Fear of loss of control. A sense of impending doom. All of these are symptoms of a panic attack.
Panic attacks are intense experiences of fear paired with physiological reactions that occur suddenly. They may happen once or twice in a lifetime or more frequently. No matter the frequency, they are always upsetting to experience.
While fear is the main symptom, along with the symptoms listen above, panic attacks can also include:
- Shortness of breath
- Hot flashes
- Abdominal cramping
- Chest pain
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- A tingling sensation
- A feeling of detachment
It’s common to feel tired after experiencing a panic attack, and while these attacks might not be life threatening, they can your affect quality of life. If you think you’ve experienced these symptoms, see a doctor to help rule out other health problems and to receive help in managing the attacks.
For some, panic attacks are genetic. For others, they can be caused by stress, sensitivity, or changes in the way parts of the brain function. Factors that can increase the likelihood of experience panic attacks include: family history, major stress, a traumatic experience, smoking or high caffeine intake, or a history of abuse.
To prevent panic attacks, get treatments and help identifying them as soon as possible, consult a doctor and come up with a treatment plan, and then stick to that plan.
Content by Lockton Dunning Benefits with info from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/panic-attacks/symptoms-causes/syc-20376021