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What are the symptoms of a panic attack?

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The symptoms of a panic attack include heart palpitations, a faster heart rate, trembling, sweating, a feeling of choking or lack of oxygen, nausea, chest pain, fear of dying, fearing loss of control, chills, numbness and derealization, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). Unfortunately, many people with heart disease, breathing disorders and thyroid issues also have these symptoms, so it can frighten those with panic disorder further as they worry about whether or not they may have developed a more damaging condition.

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What are the symptoms of a panic attack?
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Once a person has been diagnosed with a panic attack disorder or an anxiety disorder, treatment can begin reports the ADAA. Treatment usually involves tips for managing stress as well as visits with therapists and doctors for possible medication or talk therapy, reports WebMD.

One of the greatest myths that those with panic attacks face is that people tend to believe that their attacks are due to stress, reports the Huffington Post. However, a panic attack is not a hysterical response to stress and instead is a biological response where the body feels as though it is threatened. This creates the very real problem that panic attack sufferers face. Family and friends should make sure that they are not only supportive, but that they do not make the person feel ashamed when they suffer from panic attack symptoms.

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