Common Panic Attack Symptoms
- Rapid heartbeat
- Breathlessness or rapid breathing
- Chest pains
- Fear of dying or impending doom
- Shaking or trembling
- Fear of losing control
- Dizziness or feeling light headed
- Agoraphobia (Fear of open spaces, crowds or uncontrolled social situations)
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Derealization (Detachment from ones surroundings / Environment perceived as unfamiliar or strange)
- Paresthesias (Numbness, tingling, itching or a "pins and needles" feeling)
- 'Heart attack' feeling
- Sensations of choking or smothering
- The list really goes on...
What Causes Panic Attack Symptoms?
Various reasons can lead to panic attacks, many suffer from one or more of the following:
Panic disorders are believed to play a major role in determining who will experience attacks.
Although many people that have no family history of anxiety disorders can still experience panic attacks.
People will often experience panic attack symptoms triggered by a phobic situation, activity, animals or people.
Certain disorders could lead to panic and anxiety symptoms such as post traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder or Vitamin B deficiency.
Life changes such as a loss of a significant person in ones life.
Long Term Causes
Consistent avoidance of panic provoking environments or situations. Negative thinking and always expecting 'bad thing to happen' (Glass half empty type thinking)
Certain medications, either prescribed or not, could lead to panic attacks. Most commonly when either starting or ending of taking a drug but could still occur during regular dosages.
Many substances such as alcohol, medications, illegal drugs, caffeine and nicotine will lead to withdrawal symptoms when the body experiences an abrupt discontinuation or significant decrease of the intake. Withdrawal symptoms can in turn trigger anxiety and panic attacks.
There are many more symptoms and causes of anxiety and panic attacks but the important thing to remember is that if you are experiencing any of these symptoms that you are not alone and cycle can be broken! As a former sufferer of frequent panic attacks, I was able to beat my anxiety and panic attacks and you can too.