How to know if you are having Panic Attacks

With daily stress and a busy lifestyle, Panic attacks are common to have.  However, most people don’t know if they are experiencing a panic attack. The reason is the lack of awareness surrounding panic attacks and panic disorders. Some people think it’s just stress or they just feel under the weather.

It is important to know if you are experiencing a panic attacks to know the right treatments. Unlike what most people think, panic attacks won’t pass by and can have dangerous effects on your body. 

In this post we’ll explain the symptoms that will help you determine if you are having a panic attack or not.

Panic attacks are sudden feelings of fear that can cause physical reactions. These feelings are sudden and can occur any moment. Some people describe panic attacks as similar to heart attacks.

Panic attacks span from 2 to 10 minutes and its severity depends on the person.  You can have several panic attacks in the span of 20 minutes.

People who have panic attacks develop a panic disorder. A panic disorder is the fear of having another panic attack thus they change behaviors to evade this feeling.

Panic attacks can affect our daily lives and have repercussions on the physical and mental state.

It is important to know if you are having a panic attack, to know how to deal with it and find the right treatment.

Symptoms and severity can vary from a person to another. But here are the common symptoms that can help you determine if you are having a panic attack:

1.      Intense heartbeat

2.      Flashes of heat

3.      Chest pains

4.      Difficulty of breathing

5.      Sweating

6.      Chills

7.      Trembling

8.      Nausea

9.      Intense fear


When having a panic attack, it is important to go to an open area, think about calming stuff. Or you can call your therapist or counselor.


Panic attacks can be a traumatic experience and shouldn’t be brushed off. It is important to know the symptoms in order to determine if you are having a panic attack.

Symptoms are dangerous and can lead in developing a panic disorder.

Let’s raise awareness regarding panic attacks and panic disorder so people can seek help they need. 


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