A panic attack is a sudden surge of overwhelming anxiety and fear. It occurs recurrently every few days. Person suffering from panic attack may even feel like dying or going crazy. Left untreated, panic attacks can lead to panic disorder and other problems results in withdrawal from normal activities.
Once a person experience Panic attack, fear of getting panic attack becomes the main concern. Withdrawal from normal activities results in numerous limitation in their life. Going out alone, staying alone in any place and independent functioning becomes very difficult and sometimes impossible for the person. Effective treatment can reduce or eliminate the symptoms of panic and help to regain control of life.
A full-blown panic attack includes a combination of the following signs and symptoms:
- Shortness of breath or hyperventilation
- Heart palpitations or a racing heart
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Trembling or shaking
- Choking feeling
- Feeling unreal or detached from your surrounding
- Sweating, Nausea or upset stomach
- Feeling dizzy, light-headed, or faint
- Numbness or tingling sensations
- Hot or cold flashes
- Fear of dying, losing control, or going crazy.