What just happened? One minute your going about your usual daily routine and wham! Something happened to your body that you don’t understand. Panic attacks can sneak into your life without warning. Not sure if you had a panic attack? Let’s see if I can help you understand panic attack symptoms. This way you can be prepared if it ever happens again. I know that you may feel confused about the whole situation. At this point, the fact that you are not the only one that has had a panic attack may not make you feel any better. But, this is actually to your advantage because there are ways to avoid them in the future.
Once you understand panic attack symptoms, you will see that a panic attack is not life threatening. This is very important because, once you’ve had your first panic attack I know that you felt like you were going to die. But you didn’t, did you?
Panic Attack Symptoms
- You haven’t done anything strenuous but your heart has started to pound. You feel uncomfortable because it keeps pounding harder and harder. It gets so bad that you think that your heart can’t possibly handle it and your anxiety level starts to escalate.
- Your hands are clammy and you can’t dry them off no matter how many times you wipe your hands. Your now sending danger warnings to your brain because you don’t understand what is happening to you. This only increases your anxiety level and confusion sets in.
- Your body starts reacting even more to your anxiety and outside noises start to fade. The only thing you can hear is your heartbeat and you can no longer concentrate on anything else.
- You feel a wave go through your body. That wave scares the heck out of you and you start to panic.
- Your brain has taken over and logic no longer exists. Your brain is telling you that you need to run or you are gonna die. This is your body in full panic mode and you are now having a full blown panic attack.
Now what do you do? Stay? Run? Scream? At this point It really doesn’t matter because whatever you do the feeling of panic will eventually leave. I know it’s hard to believe but your brain will eventually tell the rest of your body that there is no danger and the panic attack will subside. The important thing is not to let yourself dwell on the attack. Let it go. You did live through it, didn’t you? Chances are you may never have an attack again. If you try to analyze your attack, you may retain anxious feelings that will only leave the door open to another attack.
Having a panic attack can be one of the scariest things that a person can experience. The panic attack symptoms cited above are meant to help you understand the progression of a panic attack. If you begin to have panic attacks on a regular basis, I suggest that you make an appointment with your physician to make sure that you don’t have any underlying conditions. Most panic attacks can be avoided using various meditation methods to relax your body and let your brain know that there is no danger.