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Panic Attack Symptoms


The main thing to understand is that panic attack do not have a fixed set of symptoms for each and every individual. Some of the symptoms are common in all but some of them vary according to the person. The core symptoms can be same but there can be differences in the feelings and the bodily sensations for each individual. 

Panic attack Symptoms may include:

  • Palpitations.
  • Sweating.
  • Trembling or shaking.
  • Shortness of breath or smothering.
  • Feelings of choking.
  • Chest pain or discomfort.
  • Nausea or abdominal distress.
  • Dizziness or light–headedness.
  • Pins and needles.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Dry mouth.
  • Headache.
  • Derealization or depersonalization.
  • Chills or hot flushes

These are 2 types of panic attacks:

1) Spontaneous (Uncued) Panic Attacks: These are not associated with a situational trigger and appears to come ‘out of the blue’. These panic attacks can occur during relaxed periods or when sleeping or usual day to day life. 

2) Situational (Cued) Panic Attacks: They occur if there has been some anxiety provoking event or situation or if one is going to come in the future. They can occur where one has previously experienced them. Usually, the symptoms become apparent as one enters the situation.

The symptoms of panic attacks stated above can be divided into 2 main categories:

  • Mental symptoms: Fears and other feelings
  • Fear
  • Dread
  • Impending Doom
  • Catastrophic thoughts
  • Negative thinking
  • Physical symptoms: Bodily symptoms
  • Palpitations
  • Sweating
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath/Breathlessness
  • Tingling
  • Lightheadedness
  • Pins & Needles


Additional symptoms which might be present depending on the severity of your panic attacks:

Additional Mental Symptoms of Panic

  • The persistent state of fear.
  • Feelings of dread without valid cause.
  • Difficulty in Concentrating. 
  • Inner tension and nervousness.
  • Frequent edginess and irritability.
  • Restlessness.
  • Hyper-vigilance towards signs of danger.
  • Lack of alertness. Blank mind. 
  • Fear of losing control or going crazy.
  • Feelings of detachment and unreality.

Physical Symptoms of Panic

  • Excessive sweating
  • Choking sensations
  • Stomach cramps
  • Vertigo along with Dizziness. 
  • Frequent urination.
  • Diarrhea or changes in motion. 
  • Frequent Hyperventilation.
  • Hot flashes or chills
  • Tremors and twitches
  • Muscle tension
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea, acidity, or heartburn. 


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