A panic attack is a terrifying experience, whether it is your first one ever or you have experienced multiple panic attacks in your life. It may only last minutes but feels like it’s hours or like it’ll never end. If you think you had a panic attack, read on for a short self-check of other symptoms you might have experienced.
Did you feel…
- intense fear?
- shortness of breath?
- like you were choking or being smothered?
- chest pain?
- rapid heartbeat?
- gastrointestinal distress?
- very hot or very cold?
- numbness or tingling?
- agitated and irritable?
- scared that you were going crazy, having a heart attack, or dying?
- worried about this happening again?
Any of these symptoms can happen during a panic attack and can make you feel like you are losing all control.
There are gold standard, evidence-based interventions available for panic disorder that will help you manage your symptoms and feel in control of your life.
Dr. Ellen Kolomeyer is a clinical psychologist with expertise in parenting young children and in mental health during pregnancy and postpartum. She is based in Plantation, FL and provides consultations to clients throughout Florida.