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How to Know When You Are Having a Panic Attack

Updated: Jan 29, 2019

Increased heart rate, rapid breathing or shortness of breath, dizziness, feeling of tightness in the chest or even down one arm, weakness, shaking… It might feel like you are having a heart attack, but instead you are dealing with panic attack.

A panic attack is a short and very intense episode of extreme fear that something terrible is about to happen. The signs of panic attack usually come out of nowhere and reach their peak within 10 minutes. You may feel exhausted, afraid and confused afterwards.

Together with psychical symptoms you may also experience an intense fear of not being able to control the situation, strong fear of dying, going ,,crazy”, detached from your surrounding, seeking for a safe place.

The panic attacks might start during the period of long term stress or trauma. They will not just disappear. If you are experiencing a panic attack more than once a month, you should ask for a professional help from psychotherapist.

Self awareness, breathing, relaxation techniques and emotional control are some of the ways how I help people to treat panic attacks. The sooner you seek for help, the better is the outcome.


If you have any questions, feel free to contact me, please.

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