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Panic Episode Symptoms

By Benjamin Louis Stephens

The panic attack symptom is a abrupt access of intense fear or anxiety that cause problem symptoms, but which don’t threaten life: accented beats of the cardiovascular system, difficulty breathing, and feelings of loss of control or imminent death. During a panic attack, the nervous system reacts like when it has to do with a life-threatening situation. This response can cause worrisome physical symptoms and feelings.

Panic disorder is diagnosed when a person has repeated panic attacks, is worried about the possibility of a new one and avoids places that can cause another panic attack. A person can have panic attack symptoms without having developing panic disorder and these attacks are connected with anxiety disorders.

The episode usually is ongoing for twenty seconds to a half hour and the intensity lowers. During a panic attack, fear or discomfort is accompanied by at least four of the following signs and symptoms, which occur in an abrupt manner and reach maximum intensity in less than ten minutes.

Some issues you may experience are strong irregular and fast heartbeats, sensation of difficulty and inability to breathe, choking sensation, chest pain or discomfort. Also you may have sweating tremors, muscle contractions,feeling sick,abdominal soreness, dizziness, feeling of instability, faintness,feeling of unreality concern of self perception,fear of losing control, getting mad, fear of dying, prickling and chills or heat waves.

The first panic episode is very spectacular and produces negative emotions like “I’ll have a new one”. The feeling of that first panic or anxiety attack is perceived as being awful, followed by the feeling ” that something bad is going to happen” or “I’m going to die”. Often people interpret in a wrong way panic attack symptoms, being seen as evidence of serious life-threatening diseases. Environmental changes, a telephone call, a strong noise or very cold air can disrupt it.

After a panic attack, the person looks for a familiar environment and takes refuge, the world being perceived as a hostile place. Panic attack is manifested by devastating thoughts and images; it gets that feeling of absence of control or “I’m going to get mad” which intensifies those emotions of fear and physical sensations linked with anxiety and fear. Among the causes of a panic attack symptom there are: heredity, biological factors, stressful life events, a catastrophic way of thinking or which exaggerates normal body reactions, but also excessive consumption of alcohol, tobacco or caffeinated drinks.

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Stephens, Benjamin L. "Panic Episode Symptoms." Panic Episode Symptoms. 7 Jul. 2010. 25 Jul 2014 <>.

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