Are you a frequent panic attack sufferer? Do you oftentimes feel like the world and yourself are no longer connected? Do you feel that at times, death is impending but really it is not? If you have answered a resounding ‘yes’ to these questions, you are a certified panic attack sufferer.
What are the symptoms for a panic attack?
The symptoms of panics attacks include having a hard time breathing, feeling a pain in your chest or having an extremely fast, pounding heartbeat, feeling an intense degree of relentless terror, feeling faint, getting a spell of dizziness, feeling as if you are being smothered by an invisible hand, feeling as if you are choking but not actually choking, excessive sweating even if it is a cold winter day, shaking, trembling or chills.
In addition, more symptoms include getting a bout of nausea for no reason at all, having a dull ache in your stomach, feeling as if you have a hot flash, your toes and your fingers begin to feel numb and tingly and feeling a strong sense of losing all your control on everything and that you are going to die.
Is an anxiety attack the same as a panic attack? The answer is no. Even if a lot of the symptoms feel similar, the difference between an anxiety attack and a panic attack is significant. You know that what you are feeling is an anxiety attack if there is a specific, identifiable trigger that has occurred in the environment.
For example if you hate the sight of snakes, and your class field trip to the zoo has brought you to the observe the snake pit, you will get all the above symptoms and it will be classified as an anxiety attack rather than a panic attack.
On the other hand, if you have been relaxing by the beach on your dream vacation and suddenly feel all the above symptoms for no clear reason, this is a panic attack with panic.
What could possibly cause a panic syndrome to occur? The truth is that these episodes are hereditary and whether you like it or not, if you have a distant or a close relative who had panic attacks, you will be predisposed to getting it as well.
What do you do now that you know what you have been experiencing has been panics attacks? You need to get immediate help. If the panic attack has passed and you feel like your normal self once again, you may put off seeing a doctor. This is not a good idea since ignoring what you have could escalate to becoming a more serious panic syndrome.