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Symptoms Of Panic Attack Women Need To Understand

Panic attacks are passing experiences, typically lasting no longer than twenty minutes. Those twenty minutes can feel like a lifetime when you are not informed about a panic attack symptoms or what to do when one happens. Panic attacks can feel like realizing you are about to die. Many physical and psychological symptoms create an irrational, unexplainable fear that is uncontrollable in mind and body. Panic attacks can be caused by a number of triggers.

Physical Symptoms

  • Chest pain
  • Painful breathing
  • Shaking
  • Sweating
  • Stomach pain
  • Unable to breathe
  • Constricted breathing
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Weight on the chest
  • Weight on the diaphragm
  • Dizziness
  • Instability
  • Numbness in arms and legs

Psychological Symptoms

  • Anxiety
  • Difficult decision making
  • Claustrophobia
  • Vertigo
  • Depersonalization
  • Derealization
  • Thoughts of dying
  • Loop thinking
  • Intrusive thoughts
  • Obsessive thoughts

What To Do During A Panic Attack

It is most important to learn how to recognize that you are experiencing panic and focus on breathing. Use this recognition as a mantra for your breath: “I am experiencing panic” and remind yourself that it will pass “I am experiencing panic and it will go away.” Consistent breathing can help reduce the heart rate and restore some balance to the brain. Oxygen flow and consistent breathing help combat the fight or flight response which is  currently undergoing a malfunction. There are a few tricks which help the brain to snap out of some of the more severe psychological experiences taking place in a panic attack. Many women report feeling out of body during their panic attacks, which separates them from their feelings of reality. An old trick for “snapping back” to reality involves ice cubes. Holding ice cubes tightly in the hand creates an immediate pain issue for the brain, which forces the brain to focus on the matter at hand. Another trick for focus is the use of visualization. During a panic attack, the brain is visualizing many panic-inducing things caused by a hijacking of fear. Visualization overrides the thoughts and images in the brain creating a calming focus which helps navigate the time it takes for the panic attack to pass.


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