A panic attack can be atrocious and knowing what the symptoms are can really help. Being knowledgeable about the signs and what’s happening helps you relax during the onslaught of symptoms.
And when you can relax instead of fighting the panic attack, the symptoms leave much faster.
Common Symptoms of Panic Attacks
- Pounding heart
- Thinking you are choking
- Chest pain
- A sensation of losing control of actually staying on earth
- Feeling like you are in the process of dying
Because each person is different and faces difficult situations differently, panic attacks have many different symptoms. However, the ones listed above are the most common to the most people.
During my years of suffering through many full blown panic attacks, I found the first reaction was to make a mental search of my body.
I would know something drastic was happening, but couldn’t pinpoint what was going on with me.
Panic Attacks Are Confusing
Your first panic attack will likely leave you bewildered, confused, or possibly at a physician’s office. I’ve never endured the symptoms without thinking I could be dying but not knowing why?
The symptoms of a panic attack usually begin manifesting seemingly “out of the blue”.
What Causes Panic Attacks
I was never able to pin down any idea of what caused a panic attack.
That’s because panic attacks are coming from deeper places within the subconscious than “general” (and I use that lightly) anxiety.
Anxiety attacks can often be traced to some outside stressor. Something going on that you can name and identify.
When you are in the middle of an anxiety attack you may have heightened feelings of fear, and apprehension. It could feel like extreme worry that something is going out of your control.
You have an idea that if you could stop something from happening the anxiety would go away.
Panic Attack Symptoms are Brutal
Panic attacks are much more brutal and intense, striking when you are completely unaware, at the most inopportune times.
There is a lot of conflicting information about whether panic attacks and anxiety and depression all fit in the same mold? There are people who endure panic and don’t seem to suffer with GAD or depression.
Check out this page for a partial list of Anxiety Disorders.
A panic attack seldom has an identifiable aggravator. You won’t know what provoked it, and you can’t predict it’s arrival, or it’s conclusion.
The most alarming part of my own panic attacks were the sensation that I was in the very process of dying.
You can’t keep from mentally checking your body for exactly why you are about to die, and as you do, you will be sort of agreeing with your brain that something is going on.
This agreement actually brings on more and heightens the symptoms.
How Long Can Panic Attack Symptoms Last?
Sometimes I would be caught up in the symptoms of a full blown panic attack for an hour or more. I know now, that when they first started coming I was so terrorized:
That the fear was turning on more panic.
The symptoms would seem to last forever because they were actually feeding on themselves.
The more I panicked, the more my subconscious realized that it had been right after all, I was dying. The more I agreed with the symptoms, the more real the symptoms appeared.
Some times the symptoms of a panic attack can go on all day, fear building upon fear.
What are the First Signs of a Panic Attack?
The first signs of a panic attack varies from one person to the next.
However, the signs don’t seem to come slow enough to actually predict what is happening to you.
It took many attacks for me to recognize what was happening.
Until you endure several, or start learning how to control panic attacks, you will find yourself suddenly consumed with the symptoms at once.
I thinks it’s this surprise element that makes panic attacks so forceful.
The most natural reaction to the symptoms are to start fighting against them. However, this fight (seemingly for your own survival) brings more of the manifestations of the the attack.
Your brain thinks it’s rescuing you from some attacker.
But, you can learn to teach your brain that the symptoms themselves are the attacks.
The first signs of almost every panic attack I had was being completely overcome with a sensation that I was dying, leaving this earth for someplace else.
If chest pains would have manifested, I would have assumed I was having a heart attack. Because I could never felt any pain, I always wondered if I was having a stroke?
When all of the symptoms were gone, I would be fatigued, and looking for some sign of how I had lived through it.
What to do During a Panic Attack?
The reason these sensations are called panic attacks is because they overcome you with panic!
The panic is what makes it incredibly difficult to know what to do as the symptoms heighten.
Until you have learned for yourself how to cure panic attacks:
Your natural impulse will be to mentally search for something to fight off.
You will be overcome with wanting to know what is happening to me — right this moment.
You will find yourself being completely consumed with all of the symptoms that seem to be manifesting in your body.
Because you may feel like you are going to die, lose control, or have a stroke or heart attack the tendency is to respond with more fear and terror.
Something has to occur within your own self that allows you to stop the terror, and take a conscious look at what is really going on with you at the moment.
How To Stop Having Panic Attacks?
In almost all cases these attacks can be stopped. Stopped when they appear, and stopped from coming in the first place.
You can take medication, which is usually the first line of defense from any physician.
The problem with medication for anxiety and panic attacks is that they can not possibly cure the problem.
In fact, they rarely stop the attacks, they merely mask the symptoms so that you know they are there, but don’t particularly care. You don’t care because you are drugged.
How To Stop Panic Attacks Naturally
- The first step is to stay very conscious during the symptoms, and aware of your own body and mind at the time.
- So now you make the decision to give this a try. However, the first time you try, you could be well into the symptoms before you remember to get a hold of yourself and think about what’s happening. That’s how it starts.
- At this point you can say to yourself “this is a panic attack, and it will pass”. This is the exact point that you begin to take control of the symptoms instead of fearing and being overwhelmed by them.
- This alerts your brain that you are indeed looking into the situation and everything is ok.
- Now you very consciously focus on any one symptom that is manifesting physically. You can’t really focus on the panic or fear, so look for any symptom and think about it.
- If your heart is pounding, concentrate on the pounding — WITHOUT ATTEMPTING TO SLOW OR CHANGE IT. Just mentally go there and think about it and try to know everything you can about what it’s doing.
- If you are trembling, start to think about exactly where the trembling is occuring.
- Experiencing nausea, or any other symptom? Focus all your attention on it, try to locate exactly where in your body it is occuring. It’s almost like welcoming it so that you can observe it and exactly where it is and how it feels.
As you do this, you will notice:
- The symptoms that you focus your attention on seem to disappear into mid air.
- After one disappears and you move to the next, the first may come back.
- Just go to it again and think about it and how it is feeling.
This technique has several advantages, including the key:
Refocusing your attention from the fear and panic to the symptoms. This refocus and relaxing is what dispels the attack.
The Timeless Secret To All Anxiety and Panic attacks
All of this is originating in your sub conscious mind. None of it is real!
After taking this approach a few times, you will realize that you have the ability to shorten the attack, and realize that they have stopped coming.
That’s when you will see that the symptoms were imaginary until your own panic turned the volume up.
Of course what is happening to your nervous system is not imaginary:
But the causes and symptoms are imaginary.
That’s why when you mentally pinpoint any one symptom and CONSCIOUSLY make an exerted effort to concentrate on it alone—to see how it feels——the symptom disappears.
Any one symptom of any anxiety attack or panic attack can not endure you concentrating on it alone.
You can only know if this works for you through personal experience.
It does work! And the more you work it, the quicker they will disappear, until they simply get tired of showing up!
Merely re focus your attention onto one symptom and only one until it is gone, then chose another, or the same one when it magically re appears.
You can stop allowing the symptoms of a panic attack to steal your life when you learn what they are and take a stand against them.