Have you ever had this feeling that you can’t breathe and your heart is racing really fast? Your hands and feet begin to sweat, you tremble with the fear of death and you feel completely helpless. Well, this could be the situation when you are having a panic attack.
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, in the U.S. 6 million people suffer from panic attack once a year. One out of four people experience panic attack once in their lifetime; whereas, one out of 20 people are constantly fighting panic attacks. Women are twice more likely to develop this disorder than men. Half of the population develops it before the age of 24.
Those who have never experienced panic attack must be wondering what it is? Panic attack is an intense feeling of apprehension or fear which occurs without the presence of actual danger. The situation becomes quite debilitating and often results in anxiety. Following are some of the common symptoms of panic attacks, these symptoms may vary from person to person:
- Shortness of breath
- Irregular heartbeat
- Lightheadedness and dizziness
- Nausea and choking sensations
- Sweating and shaking
- Weakness and fatigue
- Heartburn and chest pain
- Muscle spasms
- Sudden chills or hot flashes
- Tingling sensations in your extremities
- A fear of going crazy
- A fear death or serious illness