What Do Panic Attacks Look Like?

Do You Know Somebody Experiencing These Symptoms?

By Golden Recovery | Updated August 3rd, 2021

My journey to curing them, including professional and free resources.

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Aren't sure if what you're experiencing is panic attacks? 7 most common symptoms here, with free and professional resources!

What you're experiencing may or may not be a panic attack, but this post will help anybody experiencing high levels of anxiety.

We'll cover what a panic attack looks like, feels like, and how you can move past it.

Remember that yes there are quick solutions I provide below, but overall this is a journey.

I am by no means a medical professional, I'm merely relaying my experiences. If you need immediate medical attention please seek a doctor.

So, what do panic attacks look like...

Common Symptoms Of An Anxiety Attack

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While recognizing the signs and symptoms of anxiety doesn't require you to understand the workings of the human body, what it does require is awareness on each of the symptoms and the effects that they may have when they are ignored.

Please be aware that different people manifest different symptoms and behaviors when experiencing an anxiety attack.

The intensity of the symptoms differs as well and may appear different with every attack. Regardless, you need to know what panic attacks look like.

1) Pain Or Unexplainable Sensation

Feeling pain in your neck, shoulders, jaw, mouth and stomach, as well as having a headache is also common.

When the body is under stress, parts of the body usually get tense, which results in pain. Do your best to try and relax if this occurs.

Many also experience what they call a "bodily sensation."

A feeling they can't quite explain, which usually leads to further fear, thus making things worse. Like a loop.

2) Fear

Sometimes when a person is under tremendous pressure they may feel as if they are going crazy.

This is even more evident during time of an panic attack.

If this has ever happened to you I want to assure you that there is very little possibility that you are really going crazy. It is far more likely that you are not going crazy and it is only a symptom that you are experiencing.

3) Dry Mouth

This is another common symptom and is a natural occurrence during a panic attack.

To counter dry mouth you can try to sip on some water or try a piece of hard candy to stimulate the production of saliva.

4) Shaking And Shivering

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These are two necessary functions that your body uses to keep your temperature normal.

When body temperature drops from normal, the muscles spasmodically contract, creating friction between muscles and body tissues, thus increasing the body temperature.

During panic attacks, shaking and shivering is normal.

5) Heart Palpitations

These are also common during an attack. You may feel like your heart is missing beats.

This is caused by the release of adrenaline into the bloodstream.

This is perfectly normal and can’t cause damage to your physical well being. However, it can cause discomfort and lead to more severe symptoms if you don't learn how to control your attacks.

6) Chest Pain & Shortness Of Breath

This is a normal body reaction to a panic attack because of muscle tension.

Sometimes, chest pain is misinterpreted as a heart attack, but it is important to identify from one another as the latter can be deadly.

This is the most distressing symptom of panic attacks. It feels like your chest can't expand to take in the necessary air that your body needs.

If you experience this there are three important points that you should remind yourself of and that is that you will not suffocate, stop breathing or pass out.

This is a temporary symptom of your anxiety attack.

What you want to do is calm your anxiety before this starts.

Panic Away has a 21/7 technique that they've taught to a lot of people in your shoes, including me.

It's got a high success rate and I highly recommend it. Also, there's a free audio on that link that you can use quickly for rapid relief.

7) Feeling Detached

This symptom of an anxiety attack alters the way you experience yourself and the way you see reality. It makes you feel like everything around you is a dream, foggy or unreal.

When I was experiencing this the best thing I could do was talk about it. In the long run, trust me, it helps.

I know that scheduling therapy is a pain in the ass, but if you have family and friends start there. If not the quickest resource I've found is Online Therapy.

They offer a full therapeutical toolbox that includes a 24/7 personal therapist via phone or online, activity plans, worksheets, journal, live chat, yoga, and more. Currently they even have a 20% discount here

feeling detached during panic attacks

The Most Important Thing For You: Awareness Of The Panic Loop

Usually people experiencing panic attacks feel a "loop." Essentially the more you experience these attacks, the more your anxiety increases, causing more attacks.

It seems like a never ending cycle for some. However, the Panic Loop can be treated, see more on my Panic Loop post about the loop.

If you experience effects that last well after the attack has passed it is important to consult a health professional, so that you can be sure that there aren't any other underlying conditions that you should be aware of.

Understanding anxiety is the first step towards controlling the effect that it has on your life, so do your best to learn everything you can about how it can affect you.

Finally: Realize You Are Not Alone

You're probably already thinking, "oh here we go with this again."

Many people before you have experienced this, many are experiencing it with you today, and many will experience it tomorrow. So why does that matter?

Sometimes it helps to take solace (you could use some solace) in the fact that you have many people that are experiencing the same troubles you are. We are out here, and you can figure this out and move on just like we have.

Need Help Now?

As I mentioned previously, Panic Away has a free audio you can grab real quick for rapid relief. the most helpful technique I've ran into is that 21/7 technique I mentioned.

It's built specifically to stop a panic attack in it's beginning stages. It's helped thousands of people, including myself.

Also, if you need somebody for talking purposes please feel free to use the message box and reach out. I will get back to you as soon as I possibly can!