For organizational reasons, this article will be divided into three sections; physical symptoms of panic attacks, mental symptoms of panic attacks, and perceptual symptoms of panic attacks. This is a very complete list and after a thorough read-through you should be able to gain a much deeper understanding as to whether or not you or someone close to you is suffering from panic attacks. If undiagnosed and untreated, panic attacks could wreak untold havoc upon the sufferer's life. The sooner you can recognize the symptoms of panic attacks the sooner you can have them treated. The phrases "panic attacks" and "anxiety attacks" will be used interchangeably throughout this article.
Physical Symptoms of Panic Attacks:
There are several recognizable physical symptoms of anxiety attacks. The most common is increased heart rate and a feeling of tightness in the chest and / or stomach. The tightness in the chest could lead to hyperventilation, heart palpitations, dizziness, light-headedness, headaches or a feeling of claustrophobia. The tightness in the stomach could lead to stomach pains or nausea. In extreme cases, other physical symptoms of anxiety attacks could be characterized by temporary blindness and burning or choking sensations.
Mental Symptoms of Panic Attacks:
Those experiencing panic attacks often have equally severe mental symptoms. These are often characterized by irrational, racing thoughts. These could include the feeling as though nothing is real, the feeling as though bad things are about to happen, loud internal dialog or the feeling as though they are losing their sanity.
Perceptual Symptoms of Panic Attacks:
Your perception of yourself and the outside world are drastically altered when experiencing an anxiety attack. You may experience heightened senses, tunnel vision, the perceived speeding up or slowing down of time, or the feeling of dissociation where one feels as though they are not connected to their own body.
If you have experienced any of these feelings you may be suffering from anxiety attacks. Be advised, that several common symptoms of panic attacks have been listed and you do not need to experience all of them to still be considered a panic attack sufferer. Also you may suffer from other symptoms that are not listed here but are equally valid symptoms of panic attacks.