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panic attack

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What are they like?
Posted by Anonymous on Apr. 7, 2013 at 6:47 AM
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by Platinum Member on Apr. 7, 2013 at 6:49 AM
They are awful. Heart racing, can't breath, feel like you are totally out of control, shaking...just awful. I hate them.
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by Mary on Apr. 7, 2013 at 6:51 AM
Horrible is putting it mildly. I expect everyone is different. I feel like my heart is going to explode, I can't breathe, I feel like I'm going to pass out. I often start crying and end up hysterical. At the end of it I feel like I could sleep for days.
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by on Apr. 7, 2013 at 6:52 AM

My heart started racing for no reason and it lasted hours, even while I sat down. Disorientation, can't catch your breath, anxiety (obviously) and an overall out-of-control feeling. I thought my heart was going to explode! Then I puked and I haven't had another one since. 

by Platinum Member on Apr. 7, 2013 at 6:52 AM

They suck. Hard.

by on Apr. 7, 2013 at 6:54 AM

like a heart attack. can't breathe, shaking, dizzy. sometimes fainty or pains. like you can't control your environment nor y ourself.

by on Apr. 7, 2013 at 6:55 AM

 Scary as hell.

  • Occurring suddenly, without any warning and without any way to stop it.
  • The level of fear is way out of proportion to the actual situation, and is often completely unrelated.
  • It passes in a few minutes, however, repeated attacks can continue to recur for hours.
  • 1. Palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate

    2. Sweating

    3. Trembling or shaking

    4. Sensations of shortness of breath or smothering

    5. Feeling of choking

    6. Chest pain or discomfort

    7. Nausea or abdominal distress

    8. Feeling dizzy, unsteady, lightheaded, or faint

    9. Derealization (feelings of unreality) or depersonalization (being detached from oneself)

    10. Fear of losing control or going crazy

    11. Fear of dying

    12. Paresthesias (numbness or tingling sensations)

    13. Chills or hot flushes

    My panic attacks start with muscle constrictions and tingling around the eyes, then the feeling spreads to my mouth and lower face. I develop a headache and feel a choking muscle constriction in my neck and tightening of my chest. There is a funny feeling in my chest, like shooting electricity. My heart starts pounding, my breathing is constricted and I feel very weak, especially in my arms and hands. A tingly feeling spreads over my whole body. I have a sense of unreality, of watching myself from a distance, and a growing fear of being unable to control myself. As things escalate, I desperately look for someplace — any place — to escape to. At its peak, I feel like I am going to faint and if things continue, I will surely die.



    • A sensation of adrenaline going through your entire body
    • Sweating
    • Shortness of breath (dyspnea)
    • Stomach Problems (spastic colon)
    • Racing or pounding heartbeat or palpitations
    • Chest pain
    • Dizziness or vertigo
    • Headache
    • Lightheadedness
    • Nausea or stomach pains
    • Hyperventilation
    • Choking or smothering sensations
    • Hot flashes
    • Cold flashes
    • Tingling or numbness in the hands, face, feet or mouth (paresthesia)
    • Feelings of “crawly,” “itchy,” or “cringy” skin sensations.
    • Burning sensations
    • Trembling or shaking
    • Feeling of claustrophobia
    • Feeling like the body is shutting down and/or dying
    • Tremors in the legs and thighs
    • Tingling spine
    • Feeling like one is experiencing a heart attack
    • Exhaustion
    • Muscle spasms
    • Feeling of physical weakness or limpness of the body
    • Grinding teeth or tensing other muscles repeatedly or for prolonged periods of time
    • Temporary blindness
    • Sizzling or ringing in ears


    • Intense and/or frightening realizations of reality
    • Loss of the ability to react logically to stimuli
    • Loss of cognitive ability in general
    • Racing thoughts (often based on fear)
    • Irrational thoughts
    • Loud internal dialogue
    • Feeling like nothing is real
    • Feeling of impending doom
    • Feeling of “going crazy”
    • Feeling out of control
    • Feeling like no one understands what is happening
    • Vision is somewhat impaired (eyes may feel like they are shaking.)
    • Feeling like you are going to die any second
    • Avoidance behavior
    • Agoraphobia


    • Terror, or a sense that something unimaginably horrible is about to occur and one is powerless to prevent it
    • Fear that the panic is a symptom of a serious illness
    • Fear that the panic will not subside
    • Fear of losing control
    • Fear of death
    • Fear of living
    • Fear of going crazy
    • Flashbacks to earlier panic trigger
    • Intense “scared” feeling
    • Fear of failure


    • Tunnel vision
    • Heightened senses
    • The apparent slowing down or speeding up of time
    • Dream-like sensation or perceptual distortion (derealization)
    • Dissociation, or the perception that one is not connected to the body or is disconnected from space and time (depersonalization)
    • Feeling of loss of free will, as if acting entirely automatically without control
    Some times you just have to punt the ball.
    by on Apr. 7, 2013 at 6:56 AM

    Mine are horrendous! My heart beats too fast and too much. I get clammy & my breathing accelerates. I start feeling super anxious almost like any little thing is going to tip me right over "the edge". I feel helpless and overwhelmed. Sometimes it makes my head hurt a bit, and they almost always make me nauseus. And like Mattie, I am completely & totally exhausted when one is over. Mine usually last 4+ hours. The only thing I've been able to predict about them is how they make me feel and that I tend to have one around my period.

    Peace, Light, & Love!

    by on Apr. 7, 2013 at 6:59 AM
    It pretty much feels like a heart attack.

    Heart problems run in my family. My first attack- I thought I was having a heart attack- which only made me panic more (making the symptoms worse). It was a vicious cycle. I ended up in the hospital.
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    by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Apr. 7, 2013 at 7:03 AM
    I think i just had my first one last night. I started shaking, then like i couldn't breath. I felt like i had to pass out and i remember hearing "breath...just breath"
    I was told i would hold my breath for a while then gasp for air.
    by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Apr. 7, 2013 at 9:27 AM
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