What are panic attack symptoms? How can I know if I'm having a panic attack? These are just a couple of the questions that I found myself asking after my 11th visit to the emergency room. The following list may help you understand your own symptoms and whether they signal a panic attack.
Heart Palpitations: If you feel that your heart is skipping beats, your heart is beating too fast, too slow, or fluttering, you are probably having heart palpitations.
Dizziness: This can be felt in two ways. You can have a feeling of lightheadedness or you may feel that the surroundings are moving even when you are perfectly still (known as vertigo).
Tingling Sensations in the Hands and Feet: This is the kind of feeling that you get when your foot falls "sleep". Not generally painful, but quite annoying.
Chest Pain or Discomfort: Although this is also one of the symptoms of panic attacks; this one should be checked out by a medical professional as it may be something more serious. These pains can either be dull or sharp.
Disorientation or Feelings of Unreality: One of the many panic attacks that can be quite frightening, disorientation can be described as suddenly forgetting where you are, even if you're in your own home. Unreality is a feeling of being detached from your surroundings.
Sweating: This can be uncontrollable, profuse and downright embarrassing.
Trembling: Your arms or hands or legs or even your entire body can feel shaky when you're having an attack.
Shortness of Breath: You suddenly feel as though you can not breathe and you're afraid of dying from suffocation. You might be feeling that breathing is forced or that you might be having a hard time trying to catch your breath.
Stomach Distress: Digestive problems can accompany panic attacks. This can incorporate diarrhea, bloating and vomiting. It's the nastiest of the panic attack symptoms.
Fortunately, it is quite easy to treat panic disorder. With this article as a guide, perhaps you may find it easy to discuss your particular panic attack symptoms with your doctor.