Panic attacks symptoms can be very confusing. They include weird feelings, you have no idea what’s going on, where they come from and why this is happening to you. Panic attacks can be confused with a nervous breakdown, heart attack, general anxiety and more. This guide will help you find out if you suffer from panic disorder or is it actually something else.
Do you feel that you breathe faster than you need? Short of breath? This is called hyperventilation. When this happens, the brain gets less oxygen than needed. The result: your vision blurs, you can feel dizzy, anxious, nervous and tense. You may also feel like crying and worst of all – suffocating. Than you get the need to breathe more deeply, which makes the condition worse. This causes feelings of numbness or cold feet, chest pain and trembling and tingling in your fingers and feet. It’s very frightening. Many people get so freaked out, they run to the emergency room immediately.
Do you feel suddenly light-headed or dizzy? Many times you may also feel unable to balance, like you’re sea sick. You may also feel like you are going to faint right now and that the world is spinning. This is usually caused by the hyperventilation but not always. When you think you will faint you get even more afraid which elevates the panic. This can continue for hours or just minutes.
Chest pain, Palpitations, Irregular Heart Beats
Chest pain is probably the most frightening one of the panic attacks symptoms. Most people that experience this are sure they are going through a heart attack. Your heart beats real fast and the chest muscles feel very tight. The added fear causes more false heart attack symptoms like sweating, numbness in the arms and palpitations. Sometimes you can feel irregular heart beats, or skipped beats. The chest pain you feel is caused by the tensed muscles in your chest and not by a heart attack.
Other Panic Attacks Symptoms Are:
· Throat thickening, choking feeling
· Blurred vision, sensitivity to light, itchy eyes
· Ringing in your ears
· Digestive system/Nausea
· Nausea and digestion problems
· Metallic taste in the mouth or ammonia taste or smell
· Sudden urge to go to the toilet, frequent urination
· Stiffness in the muscles, muscle twitching
· Shaking or trembling
· Feeling chilled, cold sweating
· Tingling in hands and feet, numbness
· Depersonalization, Derealization, Feeling of unreality
· Fear of losing your mind, fear you are going to die, losing control
· Chronic fatigue
· Being afraid to get out of the house, seeing people
· Dry mouth
· Mood swings
· Panic in the middle of the night, bad dreams
· Obsessive thoughts, trouble concentrating
· Sugar cravings constantly
· Weak legs
What Causes Panic Attacks Symptoms?
The reasons for panic attacks are not yet fully known. Some studies found that a combination of reasons are involved, some of them are: abnormalities in the brain (Chemical problems in some parts of the brain), family genetics (it’s known to run in families) and constant major stress or post traumatic syndrome (major life transitions, death of spouse or family member).
What Can You Do About It?
If the symptoms listed above apply to you, you may be suffering from panic attacks. There are many different ways to treat panic disorder: medication, herbal remedies, breathing techniques, counseling and supplements are some of them.
The best way to treat panic attacks symptoms is to achieve a real cure by treating the root and causes of the problem. This can be achieved by cognitive behavioral therapy.