Panic disorder is an anxiety disorder where you regularly have sudden attacks of panic or fear. There are a variety of symptoms that may occur during a panic attack, with many of them being intense and physical.


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What Are The Symptoms Of A Panic Attack

The symptoms usually come on in a rush, adding to their intensity. They can come out of nowhere and for no apparent reason.

Panic attacks can be very distressing, frightening and upsetting and may include the following symptoms:

  • Palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Sensations of shortness of breath or smothering
  • Feelings of choking
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Nausea or abdominal distress
  • Feeling dizzy, unsteady, light-headed, or faint
  • Chills or heat sensations
  • Paresthesia (numbness or tingling sensations)
  • Derealization (feelings of unreality) or depersonalization (being detached from oneself)
  • Fear of losing control or “going crazy”
  • Fear of dying

This video explains some general information about panic attacks, as well as what actually happens to your body when you experience a panic attack:

If you are interested in learning more about panic and its symptoms, you can review these resources:

If you are experiencing panic right now, you can try some of these techniques out, or you can also try out Pocketcoach. We have a specific course focused on panic, as well as immediate help.


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Panic symptoms listed here are those found in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America - Panic page.