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Am I having a panic attack?

By Debra Kissen

Are you currently experiencing an intense period of fear, discomfort or terror?

Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms, which appeared to come on “out of the blue”?:

  • Palpitations or accelerated heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Shaking or trembling
  • Sensations of shortness of breath
  • Feelings of choking
  • Chest pain
  • Feeling dizzy, lightheaded or faint
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Chills or hot flashes
  • Feelings of unreality or feelings of not really being there
  • Fear of losing control or going crazy
  • Fear of dying

If you answered yes to four or more of these symptoms, you may be experiencing a Panic Attack.

If you are having a panic attack, this is simply a false alarm going off in your brain and while the sensations are uncomfortable, they are not dangerous.  A panic attack will always pass on its own.  All you need to do is let go of the fight with anxiety.  Let the panic wash over you like a wave and this moment will soon fade into the next.  You are safe and sound.

Dr. Debra Kissen is CEO of Light On Anxiety CBT Treatment Center. Dr. Kissen specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)...

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