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Could You Be Experiencing a Panic Attack?

Have sweats? Shaking? An accelerated heartbeat? It could be a panic attack. Panic attacks are scary, alarming, and can have you in a tizzy. You may feel stressed with no idea why. They can come on hard and fast leaving you little time to process what's going on and what your body is experiencing. Could this be happening to you? If so then read on! It's time to talk about mental health this month as it's Mental Health Awareness Month.

A panic attack is a sudden episode of intense fear that triggers severe physical reactions when there is no real danger or apparent cause. Panic attacks can be very frightening. When panic attacks occur, you might think you're losing control, having a heart attack, or even dying. They come out of nowhere and are immediately intense.

Some people who experience panic attacks can experience panic disorders, where experiencing panic attacks can be so intense and terrifying that their behavior changes or they alter their lives to try to avoid panic attacks.

Symptoms of panic attacks:

  • "Racing" heart
  • Feeling weak, faint, or dizzy
  • Tingling or numbness in the hands and fingers
  • Sense of terror, or impending doom or death
  • Feeling sweaty or having chills
  • Chest pains
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Feeling a loss of control

The good news is that there are treatments and ways to stop panic attacks as they come on. Read here for more.