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Am I having a Panic Attack?

Updated on October 7, 2014

Anxiety Attack? You are not alone!

I felt my heart pounding in my chest. I would feel like I was outside of myself. Almost as if I was in a bubble observing the people around me. All I could hear was the pounding of my heart. I could see his lips moving but couldn't concentrate on what he was saying to me. I was almost as if I was deaf. I would sweat and feel light headed. But the pounding in my heart was the worse. After a panic attack often my chest bone would ache. Almost as if it was bruised. I would have an incredible feeling of overwhelm. I felt totally out of control and full of fear.

If you have been under a lot of stress and are having some of the symptoms on this page, you are probably suffering from panic attacks. Especially if it happens several times.

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Panic Attack Symptoms

Panic Attack can manifest itself in many ways. But here is a short list of some of the symptoms that people have.

Feeling Dreamy or Feeling like you are outside of yourself

Feelings of Overwhelm

Rapid heart beat


Feeling of being stressed out

Shaking visibly or inside

Choking sensations or lump in throat

Feeling like you are Smothering

shortness of breath sensations

Chest pain or discomfort

Nausea, bloating, indigestion or abdominal discomfort

Dizziness or unsteadiness

Feeling light-headed

Feeling outside yourself

Fear of losing control or going crazy

numbness of face

Chills or hot flushes

Skin losing color

Blushing or skin blotches

Urgently needing to urinate or defecate

negative thoughts

Muscle pain, especially in neck or shoulders

inability to concentrate or focus

tingling in fingers or toes

Feeling like you are going crazy

extremely fearful

and many more

I'm having a Panic attack. What can I do right now to make it stop?

I wanted to share with you a list of some of the things that help me with panic and anxiety.

  • Lay on your back and breath slowly through your nose. Breath with your stomach not your chest.
  • Try taking a walk or moderate exercise.
  • Keep a journal and write out your fears and how you are feeling. Or talk to someone about how you are feeling. It helps to get it out.
  • Learn to meditate. Meditation helps to clear out the chatter in your brain.

Do you have panic? Share your stories here.

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    • Wendy L Henderson profile image

      Wendy Henderson 3 years ago from PA

      That is a great tip. Thanks for sharing.

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      Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

      I've dealt with anxiety and panic attacks throughout my life. I've learned how to breathe and not give the panic attack power. You have some good tips to deal with an attack. I would add: taking shoes off and rubbing feet into the floor or ground. It grounds you and gets you back in your body. Sharing this helpful article.

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      royal666 3 years ago

      According to, meditation practices can help them clear their minds. Meditation is a way of essentially creating a point during the day when you arent focused on anything other than what is happening in the present. People who are constantly focused on so many things and faced with multiple distractions can get a huge amount of relief from practices like meditation, which certainly explains its popularity.

      Meditation is also not limited in terms of location, which cannot be said for similar relaxation techniques for anxiety.

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      PanicAttacksinfo 5 years ago

      i do not personally suffer from them but i hear that it really affects a person's life. there are cures out there.

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      HappyHarry 5 years ago

      I had years of panic attacks and it was awful. I created a list of things that helped me and created the website

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      HappyHarry 5 years ago

      I sufferered for a long time not knowing what this were. I create my own site to log what helped me.

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      Sheryl Polomka 6 years ago

      I have used Panic Away and found it very helpful. I rarely have panic attacks now and when I do they are quite mild compared to what I use to suffer. I recommend Panic Away for anyone that suffers from panic attacks.

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      seniormedicalalerts 7 years ago

      I have successfully overcome panic attacks. Surprisingly when I used to have them I felt ashamed that others would know. I thought I wad dying. My husband would hold on to my hand and reassure me that everything was OK. God, those were horrible myself and days. I got over them without medication. Prayers and looking at myself (observing my thoughts) and letting go were what helped.

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      CrypticJournal 7 years ago

      I've had panic attacks and problems with anxiety ever since I was bullied in elementary school. I've tried every medicine under the sun, as I also have depression. Sometimes I'll have tremors at night, and other times I'll be feeling great but a panic attack will hit me like a smack in the face. A method my mom always taught me was to get your mind on something else, to watch a movie or draw. My psychiatrist and I have come a long way, and I barely need to see him anymore. These are possible to overcome :)

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      mocowiz lm 8 years ago

      I fear heart attack

      this is my heart attack lens -->