Hey friends! Mental Health is super important to me so I’ve partnered with my friends at BetterHelp.com to provide you all with some expert insight. In this article, Marie Miguel from BetterHelp.com discusses what are some of the common signs of a panic attack.
A panic attack is a sudden burst of fear, anxiety, or dread. For some, it happens once and then never appears again. For others, it’s a reoccurring problem, also known as panic disorder. Panic attacks can make you feel like you’re dying, even though they are not physically harmful.
What makes a panic attack so horrifying is that it has many signs, and they can change from individual to individual. Here are some common signs of panic attacks.
It Can Feel Like a Heart Attack
A panic attack can feel like a heart attack, even though your heart is fine. This can be especially shocking if you’re younger. Your heart may race, your chest may hurt, you may feel numbness in the arms, a metallic taste in your mouth, and other similar symptoms to a heart attack.
Many people who suffer from panic attacks have gone to the emergency room because they think they’re dying, only to find out it was just a panic attack. While you should get your heart checked out, even if you’re younger, those who are prone to panic attacks should try avoiding heading to the emergency room if they would have to pay for it.
You Feel Like You’re Losing Control
Panic attacks bring on the sudden feeling of dread or a sensation of losing control of your life. Feelings like these are common with anxiety, but panic attacks give you a large burst of it. This is commonly associated with fight or flight, the feeling get where you must confront perceived danger or retreat.
You Feel Detached
Another common feeling is depersonalization or derealization. Depersonalization makes you feel like you’re away from reality and from who you are normally. Derealization makes you feel like the world around you is just a dream and isn’t real. These sensations are a bit hard to describe in text, but if you’ve felt this way, you know what we’re talking about.
Your body may react physically as well. For example, you may feel pains, nausea, and even throw up. You may feel like you need to go to the bathroom. Your throat may feel tight and you may think you’re choking. A panic attack can trigger all these sensations, and while not dangerous in the short term, it can feel like you’re in pain.
These are just a small chunk of panic attack symptoms. They can vary in severity, and as we mentioned, some people may get them a few times in their lifetime, and others may have them every day. If you have panic disorder, it can put unneeded stress on your body and hurt you in the long run. One way you can treat it is through therapy. A counselor can teach you coping techniques to calm yourself down and ways to reduce your chances of getting a panic attack. Each panic disorder case is unique, but with some patience, you can treat yourself and live a better life.