Monday, 1 June 2009

The common symptoms of a panic attack

Let me take own own example, one of my many phobias was standing in line and waiting, it did't matter here, the supermarket check-out, the airport check in, the bank. As the line to the counter shortened I would feel my panic get stronger and stronger. Then comes the fight or flight situation. Either you run out of the bank or you stand and fight the panic attack. The majority run out. The most usual symptoms of a panic attack you will find listed below and I am sure you can tick at least two of them:
  • Shortness of breath or smothering sensation
  • Palpitations, pounding heart
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Trembling and shaking
  • Fear of choking
  • Sweating
  • Nausea or stomach ache
  • Feeling unsteady, dizzy, lightheaded, or faint
  • Feelings of unreality or of being detached from yourself
  • Fear of losing control or going crazy
  • Fear of dying
  • Tingling sensations in arms or legs
  • Hot or cold flushes
  • Fear of passing out

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