Panic Attacks

A panic attack is a physical response to stress or anxiety. Symptoms of a panic attack may be similar to those felt during a heart attack, asthma attack or other medical crisis. If you are having a panic attack, you may experience some or many of these warning signs:

  • Shaking or trembling
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath or a smothering sensation
  • Tightness or pain in the chest
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Abdominal discomfort or nausea
  • Fear of losing control or “going crazy”
  • A sense that you’re dying
  • Numbness or tingling in the extremities
  • Chills or hot flashes
  • Perspiring or sweaty palms
  • Feelings of unreality or detachment from yourself or your environment
  • An urge to escape

If you experience these symptoms, it is important to get medical attention immediately to rule out an emergency medical condition.

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