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What does a panic attack feel like and how easy is it to spot early on?

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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry
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In brief: A panic attack feels

Like you are going to die, so easy to spot once physical issues have been ruled out.

In brief: A panic attack feels

Like you are going to die, so easy to spot once physical issues have been ruled out.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Dr. Susan Uhrich
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In brief: May not the 1st time

Panic attacks present with anxiety and physical symptoms resulting from overactivity of the nervous system(autonomic).
May present with symptoms of chest tightness, difficulty breathing, dizziness, numbness, hot flushes, sweating etc. These symptoms may make one feel that they are having a heart attack the first time they experience this.

In brief: May not the 1st time

Panic attacks present with anxiety and physical symptoms resulting from overactivity of the nervous system(autonomic).
May present with symptoms of chest tightness, difficulty breathing, dizziness, numbness, hot flushes, sweating etc. These symptoms may make one feel that they are having a heart attack the first time they experience this.
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