Almost all of us have undergone a panic state once in our lives but what causes a panic and how to determine its warning signs are the things few people failed to identify. Some claimed that a panic attack is caused by a person’s sudden fear of a given situation, an overflowing emotion, a feeling of terror that is uncontrollable. There are a lot of reasons behind why people panic and there are also a lot of ways on how to determine the signs of panic attack.
Increased Heart Rate
If a person is having a panic attack or is about to have an episode, the first objective sign is the increase, rapid and fast beating of the person’s heart. This is often called “tachycardia” when the person’s heart rate is higher than the normal rate. A person who is under such situation could be experiencing a panic attack.
Sudden Chest Pain
Few people who have undergone a panic attack may sometimes experience a sudden chest pain. Some may even associate such experience like having a heart attack or a cardiac arrest. However, this chest pain does not last long; it will only take brief moments of chest pain for less than 10 minutes.
Difficulty in Breathing/Hyperventilation
One of the most common signs a person is having a panic attack is when he or she experiences difficulty in breathing. Most people who are anxious are also having problems with their breathing, some claimed that breathing in is difficult or the so called shortness of breath is noted. This state is called Hyperventilation.
In a panic state, a person usually has a feeling of impending doom, a fear of death that will also cause the person to tremble. If this trembling worsens, the person may experience an uncontrollable shaking of extremities until such time that the person feels weak like collapsing.
Aside from shaking or trembling, a person under a panic attack may be noted to have a sweaty palms, underarms and forehead. Sometimes, sweating is too much that you will easily identify a person having a panic attack because of his or her unnatural sweating.
A Feeling of Nausea or Nauseated
When you say nauseated, it is a state when a person feels like vomiting but has not passed or thrown any vomitus. This state is totally different from a person who is actually vomiting. When a person is nauseated, he or she will feel like vomiting, sometimes would even gesture to vomit but nothing comes out. This state could also be associated with a panic attack.
Stomach Upset/Butterflies in the Stomach
People experiencing a panic attack may sometimes feel stomach upset; this is sometimes noted on lighter conditions. For those with panic disorder, stomach upset may really be experienced. Some would even go to the comfort room for several times unless panic state is under control. Again, the maximum time of a panic attack may last within twenty or thirty minutes however its peak time is about ten minutes.
The causes of panic attack are not sometimes known however there are cases when panic attack is expected such as during a wedding ceremony when the bride or the groom is having “cold feet”. Most women, who are undergoing panic attacks have tendencies to cry. Sometimes, they don’t even know why they’re crying, they mainly rely on what they felt hence they’re crying. This could be caused by a panic attack.
Fainting/Sudden Feeling of Dizziness
One of the most common signs of panic attack is when a person fainted or feels suddenly dizzy because of a negative news, outcome or whatever situation that is not favourable. Some victims may faint without any warning while some may feel dizzy at first before totally collapsing or fainting.
A Feeling of Detachment
A feeling of detachment is when a person suddenly looses focus on what is going on in his or her environment at the moment. The person could be like in a disbelief state, not on his or her right mind or is currently occupied by something else which could be a fear on something, a bad or a sad news that even when you tap the person, he or she doesn’t not respond.
Take Note of these Signs!
Panic attack can possibly happen at any given time, anywhere and sometimes without any warning. The best thing to do is to familiarize yourself with the signs on how to determine a person is suffering from a panic attack. If the attacks occur several times then it could already be a panic disorder. Learning deep breathing techniques is one good way to combat such episode. By knowing these signs, you will be able to help not just yourself but also other people.