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What are the most common symptoms of an anxiety attack and how long can those symptoms last on average?

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Dr. Kristine Gerwell
Clinical Psychology 42 years experience
Symptoms of anxiety: Anxiety and panic often hit in "attack" form, coming on suddenly along with sweating, fast breathing and a feeling of loss of control. They can also build slowly, and may ihave irritability, insomnia, headaches and an upset stomach. The causes of the attack differ greatly between people. Talking to a counselor can help you understand your triggers and deal with them in a positive manner.
Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology 28 years experience
Usually Peaks @10min: "panic attacks tend to start quickly and reach a peak within 10 minutes. The peak generally lasts for about 5 to 10 minutes before the symptoms start to settle. However, it can take quite some time for all the symptoms to subside." source = page on panic disorder (adults) by the anxiety disorders assn' of british columbia in canada. For info on symptoms the page here: http://bit.Ly/pylkom.
Dr. Muhammad Munir
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Anxiety Attacks: Most commonly its palpitation racing heart sweating shortness of breath fear of dying and not able to see clearly and "freaking out" feeling.It can last from 5-10 minutes to 30 minutes it depends on a lot of factors baseline anxiety and other medical issues that could be contributing. Best will be to get an evaluation with psychiatrist and treatment via therapy or meds or both have best outcome.
Dr. Ellen Knox
Psychiatry 39 years experience
Panic attack symptom: Panic attacks come on abruptly and last a few minutes. Shortness of breath, shaking, heart pounding, feeling queasy are common. It seems most people have either mostly heart and breathing symptoms or gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms. Gi symptoms are nausea, belly pain, trouble swallowing or a feeling of a lump in the throat. Sometimes people feel dizzy or numb around the lips and fingers.

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