Signs You’re Having A Panic Attack
Living with anxiety/panic is one of the most difficult things one can endure. Unlike an anxiety attack, a panic attack tends to not have a trigger & the symptoms can be more severe. Not knowing if you’re having a panic attack can lead to even more worry, which will only make things worse. Help ease your mind by knowing these signs you’re having a panic attack.
I’ve been an anxiety sufferer my whole life, but didn’t know it.
I started having panic attacks about 4 years ago. I had no idea what was happening to me.
It was unbelievably scary. I searched my symptoms endlessly on google with no luck. I suffered for a month before I finally went to the Doctor. Lucky for me, he knew exactly what was happening.
I kicked myself for not going to the doctor sooner.
I never want anyone to feel as helpless as I did, so I’ve created this list of common and not so common signs you’re having a panic attack.
fear & worry
This is hands down the most common sign you’re having a panic attack. Yes, everyone has fear & worry from time to time, but when you’re having a panic attack, they are greatly magnified.
The slightest thing can set it off & sometimes, nothing at all.
Maybe your husband isn’t home from work at the regular time. As more time passes, the worse your fear & worry get. You start imagining horrific scenarios of him being in a car wreck, or any other incident where great harm has come to him.
Another very common thing to spiral your fear & worry into a panic attack is health symptoms. As any anxiety/panic sufferer can tell you, the worst thing you can do is to start googling your symptoms.
But that intense fear & worry takes over your rational mind & the next thing you know, you’re convinced your mild headache is a brain tumour.
The feelings of terror are so intense that you might fear a total loss of control or imminent death.
The best thing you can do when you feel yourself starting to overthink is to distract yourself.
There are many different ways to do this. Among my favourites are: Walking in nature, listening to music, cleaning, exercise & guided meditation.
Everyone is different. Try some things that bring you joy. One of them is bound to help.
Panic attacks can last anywhere from a few minutes to several weeks. If you are unable to pull yourself out of it, GO SEE A DOCTOR!
It’s actually pretty shocking how many physical symptoms are signs you’re having an anxiety attack. I’m pretty positive that’s why so many people (just like me) have no idea that they’re suffering with anxiety.
Here are all of the physical symptoms I’ve personally encountered:
- Heart Palpitations
- Tightness in chest
- Extreme Fatigue
- Uncontrollable Crying
- Hot/Cold Flashes
- Clammy Hands
- Urinating more frequently
- Muscle Tension
- Dull Rib Pain
- Elevated heart rate/Blood Pressure
- Pounding heart
- Tightness in throat
- Abdominal Cramps
- Numbness or tingling sensation
these symptoms often lead to more worry
Dealing with extreme physical symptoms, such as heart palpitations, can lead to even more intense fear & worry because of not knowing if or when it will happen again. It can be a vicious cycle that is difficult to break free from.
It’s so important that you recognize what is happening to you. Watch for these signs that you’re having a panic attack and try to not let the fear & worry overcome you.
Keep telling yourself that this won’t hurt you.
You are not going to die.
Even though it feels like it won’t, it WILL pass!
Lie flat on the floor with your knees bent & take slow, deep breaths. Focus on your breathing and nothing else. Keep doing this until your symptoms start to subside.
I highly recommend joining some facebook support groups for panic & anxiety sufferers. They are an invaluable resource. You’ll quickly learn that you are not alone. There are so many other people out there suffering just like you are. They can help & you can help them in return.
One of the best things to help get a handle on this is to talk to other people who understand. It can be scary to be vulnerable with a stranger, but I promise it gets easier and it is beyond worth it!
Here are some Facebook groups that I find super helpful:
- Anxiety, Depression & Mental Health Support Group
- Anxiety, Stress & Panic Attack Support
- Panic/Anxiety Attacks
- Panic Attacks, Anxiety & Depression
These groups are filled with resources, advice and support. Use them!
Please, always remember; you are not alone in this! Help is out there! Don’t give up!
what are some of your tips for dealing with panic attacks? share in the comments & let’s help each other!
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