There are many symptoms of panic attack, and almost every one of them can be attributed to other ailments. Is there something physically wrong with me? Or are my symptoms due to anxiety and panic disorder?
If you are suffering from panic attacks, you've probably had similar questions. How can you know? Only a doctor can tell you for sure.
Physical well-being is everyone's number one priority -- but for someone struggling with anxiety, it can be a double-edged sword. Our body is designed to let us know when something is wrong by exhibiting discomfort, but wow, those symptoms can trigger fear that, in turn, can actually exacerbate current symptoms or create new ones!
Ruling out other ailments is the first step toward finding relief. You probably won't believe your doctor if he or she says, "There's nothing wrong with you" (I didn't believe mine at first!), but it is a vital piece of the puzzle.
Armed with a clean bill of health, you can then begin to focus on addressing the panic directly and do some research.
Are any of your symptoms on this list?
And my symptoms after a panic attack added to the confusion:
These lists are far from complete but highlight some of the most common symptoms of panic attack, every one of which I experienced personally. During my quest to find solutions, I found the beginnings of some relief when I discovered that there are many people who had similar symptoms and secretly struggled with extreme anxiety.
I wasn't crazy? And I wasn't the only one? NO, so know that you are definitely not alone!
Isolation feeds fear, as it reinforces the faulty belief that no one will understand. It's just not true! There are lots of other people who 'get it,' because they are living with panic attacks, too.
So let's create a community of support here. Share your stories, your lows and highs. By compassionately witnessing and encouraging each other, we can find a safe place to be heard and to heal.
What other symptoms have you had? How have you dealt with them? What is the most bizarre symptom you've had? I'd love to hear from you!