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When you have a panic attack, do you get feeling of unreality?

7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry
6 doctors agree

In brief: Very Common

During a panic attack it is common to experience feelings of unreality or derealization due to physiological changes in our bodies caused by a sudden and unexpected release of adrenaline.
Hyperventilation can cause changes in your bodies ph that leads to changes in sensory perceptions which the brain will interpret as unreal. Eventually the body will restore reality.

In brief: Very Common

During a panic attack it is common to experience feelings of unreality or derealization due to physiological changes in our bodies caused by a sudden and unexpected release of adrenaline.
Hyperventilation can cause changes in your bodies ph that leads to changes in sensory perceptions which the brain will interpret as unreal. Eventually the body will restore reality.
Dr. Robert Woods
Dr. Robert Woods
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Dr. William Holmes
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Can Happen

This can occur, especially if hypervevtilation is part of the picture.

In brief: Can Happen

This can occur, especially if hypervevtilation is part of the picture.
Dr. William Holmes
Dr. William Holmes
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1 comment
Dr. Glen Elliott
People often worry that it means they are "going crazy." They are not, but panic can make one feel that way while it's occuring.
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes - Unreality

When one experiences a panic attack physiological changes occur in our bodies such as a sudden and unexpected release of adrenaline.
This leads to increases in heart and breathing rates. When we breath too fast the oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in our bodies change causing feelings of unreality. Other sensory systems, such as vision can be affected, contributing to the feelings of unreality.

In brief: Yes - Unreality

When one experiences a panic attack physiological changes occur in our bodies such as a sudden and unexpected release of adrenaline.
This leads to increases in heart and breathing rates. When we breath too fast the oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in our bodies change causing feelings of unreality. Other sensory systems, such as vision can be affected, contributing to the feelings of unreality.
Dr. Robert Woods
Dr. Robert Woods
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