Panic Attack


Panic Attack Symptoms


  • Sweating
  • Shortness of Breath (dyspnea)
  • Racing or pounding heartbeat or palpitations
  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness or Vertigo
  • Lightheadedness
  • Nausea / Stomach Pains
  • Hyperventilation
  • Choking or smothering sensations
  • Uncontrollable Itching
  • Tingling or numbness in the hands, face, feet or mouth (Paresthesia)
  • Hot/Cold Flashes
  • Faintness
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Exhaustion
  • Mental

  • The loss of the ability to react logically to oncoming stimuli
  • Loss of cognitive ability in general
  • Loud internal dialogue
  • Feeling of Impending doom
  • Emotional
  • 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 of losing control
  • Fear of death
  • Fear of going crazy
  • Flashbacks to earlier panic triggers
  • Perceptual

  • Tunnel vision
  • Heightened senses
  • The apparent slowing down 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)
  • Mnemonic

    The symptoms of a panic attack can be remembered with the mnemonic: STUDENTS FEAR the 3 Cs: Sweating, Trembling, Unsteadiness/dizziness, Derealization/depersonalization, Elevated heart rate (tachycardia), Nausea, Tingling, Shortness of breath,FEAR of dying, FEAR of losing control, FEAR of going crazy, 3 Cs - Choking, Chest pain, Chills.

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