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Signs and Symptoms: Panic Attacks
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Panic Attacks


A panic attack is a physical response to stress or anxiety. Many of the bodily sensations felt during a panic attack are similar to those felt during a heart attack, asthma attack or other medical crisis. If you are having a panic attack, you may experience some or many of the following signs or symptoms:

  • Shaking or trembling
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath or a smothering sensation
  • Tightness or pain in the chest
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Abdominal discomfort or nausea
  • Fear of losing control or “going crazy”
  • A sense that you’re dying
  • Numbness or tingling in the extremities
  • Chills or hot flashes
  • Perspiring or sweaty palms
  • Feelings of unreality or detachment from yourself or your environment
  • An urge to escape

If you experience these symptoms, it is important to get medical attention immediately to rule out an emergency medical condition.

If panic attacks interfere with your life or the life of someone you know, our professional staff can help. We will evaluate your condition and help you overcome panic symptoms.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 630.933.4000. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.