The symptoms of a panic attack often feel the strongest in the first 10 to 20 minutes. However, some symptoms can linger for an hour or more. Your body reacts as if you were truly in danger when you experience a panic attack. Your heart races, and you can feel it pounding in your chest. You sweat and may feel faint, dizzy, and sick to your stomach.
You may become short of breath and may feel as if you’re choking. You may have a sense of unreality and a strong desire to run away. You may fear you’re having a heart attack, or that you’re going to lose control of your body, or even die.
You will have at least four of the following symptoms when experiencing a panic attack:
- feelings of danger
- need to flee
- heart palpitations
- sweating or chills
- trembling or tingling
- shortness of breath
- a choking or tightening sensation in the throat
- chest pain
- nausea or stomach discomfort
- a feeling of unreality
- fear that you are losing your mind
- fear of losing control or dying