When in the midst of a panic attack, the individual may experience a racing heartbeat - the heart may beat so fast that it is mistaken for a heart attack or other serious physical illness.
Those with panic disorder may also experience shortness of breath and difficulty breathing, along with an almost paralyzing terror.
Other symptoms associated with panic disorder include:
- Chest Pains
The panic disorder sufferer may also experience rapid changes in body temperature, including feelings of coldness or sudden hot flashes. They may also experience tingling in the extremities, especially the fingers and toes, as well as choking and debilitating fear. If you experience any of these troubling symptoms, it is important to see your doctor right away.
Your doctor can rule out any physical reasons for your symptoms, including heart disease and stroke.
Once those physical ailments are ruled out, your doctor can perform additional tests to definitively diagnose panic disorder and get on with your treatment.
The good news is that panic disorder can be effectively treated, but recognizing the problem is a necessary first step.
If you or someone you care about has been suffering in silence, you can get the help you need by calling 800-807-0951. We can help you deal with the debilitating effects of panic disorder so you can take back your life and free yourself from the classic flight or fight dilemma.