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Anxiety Panic Attack Symptoms

Updated on January 28, 2014

Anxiety Panic Attack Symptoms: How Serious Are They?

If you think you have never had anxiety panic attack symptoms, you're in for a big surprise. They are felt by 90% of the people at one point in their life or another, but they either didn't know what it was, or thought it's something else.

If you've experienced the symptoms I will describe below, no need to panic (pun intended), but it's simply good to know what these are. I will mention later on what helped me with my panic attacks, so you won't remain stranded.

I've heard from people who had all 5 symptoms at the same time. I, personally, only had 2-3 at a time. But knowledge is power, so the more you know, the easier is to take charge.

Learn more about getting rid of your Anxiety panic attack!

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Recommended Books On Panic Attacks

These books can help with dealing with the onset of a panic attack, what to do and how to treat if. They are workbooks written by professionals who want to help without the need to sit with you for hundreds of dollars a session.

Palpitations - Aka Rapid Heartbeat

The most common anxiety panic attack symptom

Rapid Heartbeat. Now this is something that pretty much everybody can relate to. Including me. And...this is the most misunderstood symptom. 90% of the folks I talked to, have mistaken it for a heart attack. Yep, including me.

When you're in for a real heart attack, the main symptom is a strong crushing sensation inside the chest and a continuous sort of pain. When you're experiencing palpitations related to panic attacks, you are mostly focused on the quick and rapid beating of the heart itself. Have you heart people saying something similar to:"I can hear my heart beating even in my ears!"? Well that's a panic attack symptom, not a heart attack symptom. Shall we say 'thank god for small miracles'?

In a nutshell, this is how an anxiety panic attack palpitations feel like:

* A racing heart

* Skipping beats

* Jumping around heart

* Beating/Pounding

* Fluttering

* The heart feels as if it is stopping

* A Flopping sensation in the chest

Before I continue, I'd like to clear up any misconception. Panic attacks are serious business. Even though it's not even coming close to a heart attack (which is a physical condition), please do not take these attacks lightly. They can severely imbalance your life.

Shortness Of Breath

Or the second most common anxiety panic attack symptom

Also called difficult breathing, or Dyspnea, shortness of breath is, sadly, one of the worst symptoms you're going to experience when you're having a panic attack. This is simply because of human reflex.

Shortness of breath gives you the feeling that you can't take air, you don't have any air in your lungs. Imagine being underwater with your scuba diving set, and the oxygen is going to finish in the tank. You're grasping, grasping for air, trying to squeeze whatever still comes through. Not a nice feeling, I'm telling you.

"I had panic attacks during rehearsal. There were times when I really thought I wasn't going to be able to do it."

~William Petersen

Nausea And Vomiting

Nausea - This symptom doesn't really need a lot of words, as we've all experienced it one way or another, even when it had nothing to do with anxiety panic attacks.

Nasty, no doubt.

Something that helps at with this, at least temporarily, is applying a cold washcloth to your mouth. Sprinkle it with a few lemon drops. Lemons, and generally sour, tend to help with nausea.

Profuse Sweating

A very common symptom

Excessive Sudden Sweating goes hand in hand with anxiety attacks. Note that I mentioned 'excessive'. Sweating is very common. It usually occurs due to heat or exhaustion (sports, etc). However excessive sweating, which occurs suddenly is not common, unless you have some sort of condition, anxiety panic attack being one of them.

Excessive sweating is also called 'anxiety sweating', exactly for that reason, because 90% of the time when it occurs, and there's no visible or rational reason for it to occur, it points back to anxiety panic attacks.

This particular symptom can cause you a lot of emotional grief, because this kind of sweating does bring a kind of social stigma with it. Nobody likes to sit next to a bad smelling person, period.

Lucky, there are ways to treat anxiety panic attacks, so if you've ever felt this burdening symptom, there is yet hope!

"I start sweating and shaking and having panic attacks if I am not at home."

~Daniel Johns


or feeling faint

In this particular case, synonyms of dizziness are also:

* Vertigo

* Lightheadedness

* Imbalance

* Disequilibrium

When you're having an anxiety attack, dizziness never comes alone. It is usually accompanied by palpitations, numbness and/or tingling in any part of the body, blurred vision, confusion, difficulty speaking, loss of movement in the arms or legs and sweating.

Having these symptoms occur at the same time, it's a 90% guarantee that you're having a panic attack! It's definitely not a stroke, nor a heart attack.

Have You Ever Felt These Panic Attack Symptoms Before?

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Other symptoms of anxiety panic attacks

more or less common

The symptoms mentioned above are the most common ones when it comes to anxiety attacks. However, there are some others as well. They might occur at times, some people never have them, others are plagued by them.

Worth mentioning are the following symptoms:

* painful shyness

* stomach cramps

* anxiety while driving

* excessive yawning

* frequent blushing

* obsessive thoughts

* headaches (combines many times with dizziness and vertigo)

* unexplained muscle soreness

* insomnia

* dry mouth

* nail biting

* nervous ticks

* acute self-awareness

* feeling of paranoia, or being 'under attack'

Getting Help With Anxiety Panic Attacks

What Helped With My Anxiety Panic Attacks

and what didn't

I've suffered for years and I was on the road to becoming seriously depressed. I've tried many miracle cures, but nothing really worked. All the "miracle" cures that everybody is advertising all over the place, starting with the most common one, Panic Away, didn't really do much for me. Yes, I've tried that one too. I guess I was expecting too much from it based on its hipe, I don't know.

What finally clicked with me was something else, a completely different system. Not a pill, neither an ebook, but, an entire coaching solution, which took me by hand, step by step. I have to say, I no longer have panic attacks. My worst kind of attack used to be while driving on the highway everyday back and forth from work. I was about to change jobs because of that. Now I'm fine, and happily driving every day without anxiety.

As a final note, let me tell you one more thing. ACCEPTANCE. Yes, you've read it right.

Many people are simply fighting the fact that they have this disorder and taking pills after pills to make it go away. But that just makes it worse.

Programs like the EasyCalm cognitive series is a long term solution. It will not only treat your anxiety panic attack symptoms, but also cure the emotional illness as well, and best of it - all naturally.

Because, let's face it, treating anxiety naturally is the only real long-term solution.

"Panic is a sudden desertion of us, and a going over to the enemy of our imagination."

~Christian Nestell Bovee

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      KatyaKandy 4 years ago

      I had to leave work early today ended up at er. I have anxiety attacks a lot and the er doc said today that is what it is. I was thinking about my father today who recently just passed away I am having trouble with this. the doc said to followup and get on some meds to help with these episodes through work.

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      mindtrip88 4 years ago

      Yes all of that and feeling like you're actually going to die, the worst feeling:(

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      MimiLee 4 years ago

      @BlackBoxCosmetics: I had also been having anxiety attacks from a magnesium deficiency and lack of exercise -- my heart would skip beats, flutter in my chest, I'd feel pressure in my chest, then start to panic from those symptoms alone. Magnesium has helped a lot, as has doing a heavy metal detox after I had a mercury amalgam filling in my mouth removed.

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      matthewmatstar 5 years ago

      I have suffered from anxiety for years and prefer to use self help instead of medication there some great techniques out there including listening to music.

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      hamshi5433 5 years ago

      I suffer from mild panic attacks quite often, I just instantly run out of breath, my mind just doesn't stay in one place and my heartbeat goes crazy! This happens especially when I face negativity from others, it gets me all paranoid and anxious. Like you said, majority of us go through it once in a while and for some it's like an every day thing to deal with. My boyfriend has Schizophrenia, he has to deal with severe anxiety attacks 24/7 which is preventing from doing any of his daily activities. He was doing his 3rd year in accountancy when he decided to get brainwashed by his friends and start smoking. Now he has to have a cigarette every 5 minutes or else, he will have crazy anxiety attacks.

      He's tried so many varieties of treatments but nothing has helped yet and he's been suffering for almost 2 years now. Anxiety stops him from doing literally anything and everything. Most of the times, he doesn't even have the steadiness to go and make a cup of tea, can't finish of his studies/go to work etc. Anxiety is some serious condition that really doesn't have a proper cure yet.But in my boyfriend's case, I have to blame it on the main guy, CIGARETTE!

      I really don't understand why they have a warning label on cigarette, it is so pointless.

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      bestbloodpressu 5 years ago

      My son gets panic attacks real bad. They are so bad that they keep him in the house for most of the time. He gets them when he encounters crowds and sometimes new places. It is easy to discount but the symptoms can leave you feeling wretched.

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      savateuse 5 years ago

      thanks for writing in this important topic!

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      Vita Activate 5 years ago

      Nice lens ! Thanks for sharing.

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      awesomedealz4u 5 years ago

      Good info!

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      BlackBoxCosmetics 6 years ago

      I have been having heart palpitations for 7 years now after the birth of my first child. Agree with everything on this lens! I also started looking into magnesium deficiency and I fit the bill. When I increased my intake, it helped significantly! It's what worked for me as well as REGULAR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY. It truly is a miracle worker!

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      no more shyness 6 years ago

      Very well done lens with plenty of good information. A lot of personalö experience is shining through. Thanks a lot!

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      Candy4632 6 years ago

      I have hyper active thyroid, which started my anxiety attacks years ago. I didn't realize how important your thyroid actually is and let it go for more than 11 years. All of a sudden, I started having anxiety attacks for no reason at all. I have to take prozac, 40 mg. a day, because nothing else works! I've tried relaxation, meditation all that, calling someone who can talk me through, and still I panic. When you suffer from depression, anxiety, panic, it's the serratonin in your brain that is unbalanced, and sometimes it takes medication to balance it all out. Unfortunately I thought I was fine after a year free of anxiety and went off the prozac on my own, now I have to start all over with 20 mg, which is doing me no good at anxiety happens everyday now instead of a few times every couple of months. :0(

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      TIRMassageStone1 6 years ago

      Very good information to know, thank you!

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      KarenCookieJar 6 years ago

      I was having anxiety before, but now I'm having full blown attacks so badly I went to the emergency clinic thinking I had heart trouble. I don't know what to do to get the attacks under control.

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      GreenfireWiseWo 6 years ago

      Great info - thank you.

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      GetSillyProduct 6 years ago

      I often find myself short of breath when feeling anxiety. I've never suffered an attack, but it's good to know what to look for just in case, thanks!

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      HelpForPanicAnd 6 years ago

      This is a great article on physical anxiety and panic attack symptoms. My sister has vertigo and we thought it was inherited... after reading this maybe the way we deal with stress was inherited, lol.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens. I suffer from bipolar type I, panic attack disease, and adhd among other things! So sad... Anywho, I'm always on the look out for more great info like this! Cheers!

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      WriterBuzz 7 years ago

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      amanda_g 7 years ago

      Hi Iâm Amanda, I enjoyed reading your lens. Itâs really excellent!!!

      Iâve often found people have driving anxiety because they feel out of control and overwhelmed by too much information. They may even remember bad situations from the past. Breathing control and visualization are some of the techniques I get people to use to overcome their anxiety. You can find some more good information on panic attacks and how to overcome driving fear on these other lenses.

      How to stay calm while driving

      Freeway Driving

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Nice lense. Specially now with Christmas approaching, panic attack is very common and knowing what to do really helps.

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      jjj1 7 years ago

      I found self-hypnosis helped - together with positive affirmations to counteract the root cause of the panic. It's still an ongoing process, but so far they've been the most helpful.

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      Marika 8 years ago from Cyprus

      Thanks. It is interesting to see that palpitations and rapid heartbeat seem to be the most common symptoms experiences by people based on the poll so far.

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      KristinaParker 8 years ago

      I really like your lens :)