Here are some of the Panic Attack Symptoms listed below that you could experience moments before and during a panic attack caused by ongoing stress, a previous near death experience, or deeply rooted psychological issues such as PTSD (Post traumatic stress disorder), abandonment as a child, hereditary, or other factors. Such as from ingesting drugs like caffeine and other stimulants found in food, drinks, medicines or illegal drugs.
Panic Attacks affects approximately 2.4 million people in the United States (3 - 5%) and is 2 times more prevalent in women than in men. Panic Disorder typically starts in the late teens to early twenties and evidence shows that as people get older there are less cases such as those people over 35 is not very common and people over 45 seems to be unusual to have them. Some people may only ever experience one panic attack in their lives while others may experience more severe cases and have them daily, weekly,monthly,yearly.
Keep in mind that besides the symptoms listed below, that each person tends to develop their own, often referred to as “quirky” symptoms as well. What happens is that our minds as a panic disorder sufferer tend to fixate on certain panic attacks symptoms that we may have previously experienced. This in turn causes us to actually experience the same symptoms each time we have a panic attack.
Example: When I was younger as a teenager during a panic attack I would get PVC heart beats (Premature Ventricular Complexes) which is where your heart would start skipping beats as your heart was racing from the emotional terrifying gripping fear associated with the panic attack which you were experiencing.
So what would happen is my mind would fixate on this fear and actually cause me to have a panic attack almost daily which would mimic an actual heart attack. Although I was perfectly healthy other than having my panic attacks as well as developed agoraphobia from the ripping fear that my panic attacks would cause me. This is actually also very common for people to experience with severe panic disorder.
Agoraphobia is where you become afraid to go to certain places where you might have experienced a previous panic attack, such as in the car driving, in an elevator, at a department store in the mall, at a park, friend or relatives house,etc.
Your mind will be completely consumed all hours of the day with the fear of experiencing another panic attack.
So what happens is the person confines themselves to what is known as their “safe zones” which is most commonly their homes. The person will start avoiding outside places in fear that they may have a panic attack away from their “safe zones” which Interferes with a persons everyday quality of life.
This can have negative psychological ramifications to the persons personality which can cause them to become withdrawn and introverted confined in their own little fear world.
Particularly in young children or teens, panic attacks can easily become manifested into full blown panic disorder and agoraphobia. During this important developmental stage of their lives, it can cause all kinds of significant negative thought processes which can alter an otherwise normal thought process of a similar young child or adult without panic disorder. Causing psychological developmental issues that can affect the rest of their lives.
You may experience all or some of the symptoms of panic attacks below
- Racing pounding heart beat
- Tightness and pain feeling in your chest
- Heart Palpitations such as PVC skipping heart beats( Premature Ventricular Complexes )
- Intense fear of dying, impending doom or verge of death
- profuse sweating such as on the palm of your hands
- Choking sensations or a fear that you are not breathing properly or smothering
- A feeling of disorientation
- An intense feeling of unreality such as feeling like an object or depersonalization
- Stomach cramps
- Hot flashes associated from adrenaline rushes
- Numbness on face, neck or other parts of your body
- Shaking or trembling
- feeling faint, dizzy, or light headedness
- Feeling like your going crazy or out of control
I do not wish panic disorder on my worst enemy….
I’ve suffered from severe panic attacks and Agoraphobia for nearly 30 years. They started when I was around 12 years old and I do not want you to endure the severe negative affects that this panic disorder can have on your quality of life. Stop living in fear each day like I was worrying and obsessed about when your next panic attack will strike you.