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A panic attack is a sudden surge of overwhelming anxiety and fear. Left untreated, panic attacks can lead to panic disorder and other problems. They may even cause withdrawal from normal activities. Thankfully, they are treatable and with the right treatment and support, can be eliminated.

Common symptoms associated with a panic attack include:

  • racing heartbeat or palpitations
  • shortness of breath
  • feeling like you are choking
  • dizziness (vertigo)
  • lightheadedness
  • nausea
  • sweating or chills
  • shaking or trembling
  • changes in mental state, including a feeling of derealization (feeling of unreality) or depersonalization (being detached from oneself)
  • numbness or tingling in your hands or feet
  • chest pain or tightness
  • fear that you might die

The symptoms of a panic attack often occur for no clear reason. Typically, the symptoms are not proportionate to the level of danger that exists in the environment. Because these attacks can’t be predicted, they can significantly affect your functioning.

People with panic disorder have recurrent unexpected panic attacks. Panic disorder symptoms include:

  • maintaining a regular schedule
  • exercising on a regular basis
  • getting enough sleep
  • avoiding the use of stimulants such as caffeine