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I Keep Having These Weird Symptoms How Do I Know I Have A Panic Attack
Panic is a psychological and somatic state of anxiety usually involving extreme fear, characterized by symptoms such as shortness of breath, rapid pounding heartbeat, sometimes dizziness or light-headedness, tunnel vision, a sense of unreality, and a feeling of needing to escape from ...Read more
Yes: Panic attacks are as much about percieved harm as real harm & often you see something you can do to remove the percieved threat. I once felt the walls of a large store were caving in on me so i went outside - threat gone! also some physical symptoms are slight and generally those pass quickly like increased heart rate or breathing heavy or increased bp. ...Read more
What are the symptoms of anxiety and social anxiety? Also how can you tell if you're going to have a panic attack?
Too many questions: To answer in 400 characters. I will respond for anxiety. Anxiety symptoms can include feeling nervous or irritable, muscle tension (especially in neck, shoulders ; back), poor quality or minimal sleep, lack of concentration ; easy fatiguability. Lump in throat or butterfly in stomach sensation can occur. Sometimes the worst thing about anxiety is not being able to put your finger on the reason. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it normal to hyperventilate when you have a panic attack? I stop breathing sometimes and gasp for air. It's a new symptom but I have panic disorder
Hyperventilation: Anxiety or panic attacks do sometimes occur in the form of hyperventilation, where the person cannot get control of their rate of breathing and breathe really fast. This can cause dizziness and tingling in the mouth or face due to the loss of CO (carbon dioxide). Breathing into a bag causes the person to take in more carbon dioxide which helps limit the attack. ...Read more
Can u have a panic attack when u r relaxed with no anxious thoughts and no trigger? I have no stress/anxiety. Symptoms are = to panic, though.
Panic attacks: By definition, panic attacks come out of the blue -- they do not have predictable triggers. And you would be the first person I have met in over 30 years of medical practice who has absolutely "no stress/anxiety." I have known many people, though, who are so disconnected from their inner lives that they don't notice when they're anxious. The body does its best to help by releasing things. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Panic / Anxiety: If you can find a quiet place - do so. Breath in slowly & deeply through your nostrils. Fill your lungs with air (but not to the point of discomfort). Hold for a count of five then slowly begin to exhale through an open mouth. Repeat at least 12 times, longer if you need to. If you haven't been assessed for your panic/ anxiety - that would be prudent. Anxiety is no fun BUT it is treatable. CBT? ...Read more
Panic Attacks.: Panic attacks can develop rapidly ; include: marked anxiety; rapid, pounding heart beat; chest tightness or pain; shortness of breath with hyperventilation; hot or cold flashes; a sense of butterflies in the stomach, nausea or even vomiting; tingling of mouth or extremities; increased sweating; feeling faint or lightheaded; headache or shaking. There may be difficulty swallowing or tight throat;. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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