An anxiety attack is the sudden onset of tremendous fear and not feeling well or right. It is called an attack because it manifests in just a couple of minutes and can last for many hours. Usually a panic attack is accompanied by some or all of the symptoms below:
- Increased heart rate
- Profound sweating
- Feeling of suffocation
- Cold Sweat
- Pain in the chest area or stomach
- Wanting to puke
- Fluctuating temperature
- Irrational fears
- Feeling of going insane
- Thoughts of death
Since a lot of panic attack symptoms are the same as life threatening illnesses like having a heart attack or similar, people often might think they are actually dying and call an ambulance or got to the nearest ER. Many people who have panic disorder don’t even know it.
In the past it may have taken months or years and loads of panic attacks before you got a right diagnosis from a doctor. Many people are perplexed or don’t want to tell anybody about their problem, including their own doctor or close ones, they rationalize their episodes as normal or think that this happens to everybody. Rather than telling anyone, people start avoiding their panic triggers or situations that cause them anxiety and thus making their situation worse.
The first step in treating panic disorder is to know that you have it. Not knowing may be making the situation worse. If you have any symptoms or suspect that something is not quite right, please talk to someone and seek help. The faster you start dealing with the problem, the easier it will go away.