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What is a Panic Attack?

Anxiety is a feeling of unease in your body that accompanies intrusive thoughts or worry.  Panic is an intense state of anxiety that includes at least four of the following symptoms:

  • Trembling or shaking
  • Numbness or tingling in the body
  • Chest pain
  • Feeling dizzy or light-headed
  • Feelings of going crazy or losing control
  • Chills
  • Heat sensations
  • Nausea or upset stomach
  • Pounding heart or increasing heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Fear that you’re going to die
  • Feeling as though you’re detached from yourself
  • Feeling that you’re choking

When panic first comes on it means that adrenaline has been released in your system. People may feel as though they’re having a heart attack, or that they’re unable to breathe, or that they’re going crazy. The feeling of a panic attack is so intense that people often go to the Emergency Room for help.

Here’s what to do when you feel panic coming on:

First:         Tell yourself this is panic and that it’s adrenaline being released in your system.

Second:   Think of what’s happening as a roller coaster ride that will finally come to an end.

Third:        DON’T FIGHT THE PANIC.

Fourth:      Allow yourself to “ride the wave,” using positive self-statements such as, “I can handle this.” “This will come to an end.” “I’m stronger than the adrenalin,” etc.

Fifth:         Know that the feeling will begin to subside in about 10 minutes and if you don’t  fight it you’ll begin to feel calmer in 20 minutes.

AHLways consider: What you do at the onset of a panic attack will determine whether it intensifies or decreases.

Have you ever had a panic attach or think you did? Please leave your comments below!

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