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Am I Having a Panic Attack?

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Panic attacks are normal and roughly 25% of the teenage population in America suffers from them. When having a panic attack there are specific things that you can do to help yourself. There are also things you can do that will cause the attack to grow worse. As someone who suffers from panic attacks, I feel as though it was mildly easy to establish my episode as a panic attack, but not everyone would find it so easy. Listed below are some symptoms of attacks,

  • A racing or pounding heartbeat

  • Chest pain

  • Dizziness or feeling lightheaded

  • Hot flashes or chills

  • Nausea

  • Numbness or tingling sensations

  • Shaking

  • Shortness of breath

  • Stomach pain

  • Sweating

  • The feeling of being choked or smothered

  • Feel a loss of control

  • Feel like they are going crazy

  • Have a sudden fear that they will die

  • Feel detached from themselves, which is called depersonalization, and feel detached from their surroundings

Once you’ve established whether or not you are having a panic attack, there are some things you need to know. During an attack, your brain will make up lies and tell you absurd and self-destructive ideas such as; This feeling will last forever, No one is able to help me, You are not in control, You should feel guilty. A great majority of people who experience a panic attack will also feel some sort of guilt afterward. The guilt could stem from either having had someone help them during their attack; telling yourself you're a burden on them, or just simply feeling as you are somehow wrong or a bad person either because of what triggered the attack or just because you had one to begin with. But these ideas are things that you are hard to not let gain control over your mind and emotions, and it definitely takes work to get them to leave your mind and tell yourself you do have control over your body and your mind.

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