The moment you have a panic attack, you’ll know how it feels. Your heart rate increases, you might experience chest pains or shakiness, and you feel like you’re losing control. This can be frightening, but knowing what causes panic attacks and how to address them can help to prevent future complications.
What Is a Panic Attack?
Panic attacks are sudden episodes of intense fear that may occur without warning. They can happen anywhere, anytime, and trigger unpleasant physical symptoms when there is no legitimate danger. Panic attacks usually peak within 10 minutes, but episodes can last from 15-30 minutes. You might have a panic attack only once, but most often people experience recurring episodes.
During a panic attack, you may experience any of these symptoms: