Anxiety & Panic Symptoms

 

Panic Attacks may include all or some of the following symptoms:

  • Shortness of breath or feelings of smothering
  • Dizziness, unsteady feelings, faintness or light-headedness
  • Choking sensations, difficulty swallowing, feeling your throat is closing or feeling something is caught in your throat
  • Palpitations--feeling your heart is beating so hard that it is going to jump out of your chest
  • Increased heart rate
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Abdominal distress including cramping, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  • Numbness or tingling sensations especially of the hands and feet but also of the head or face
  • Hot flashes or chills
  • Severe chest pains with the feeling that you are having a heart attach and are going to die
  • Fear that you are dying
  • Fear that you are going crazy or you are going to lose control of yourself and go bezerk, make a fool of yourself or embarrass yourself
  • Blurred vision
  • Headache
  • Derealization--feelings of unreality, things around you don't feel real, things might look or feel different, time slows down and everything appears to be in slow motion, sounds might get louder or softer even though you know the intensity is not changing, objects might appear brighter or duller, or might appear larger or smaller even though you know the object is not changing
  • Depersonalization--feeling that you are outside your body looking back at it, or feeling like your arms or legs are detached from your body like they belong to someone else

 

Generalized Anxiety Disorder symptoms may include:

  • Usually starts in chidhood
  • Trembling, twitching, feeling shaky
  • Headache
  • Muscle tension, soreness or aching especially of the head, neck and back
  • Feeling restless or hyped up
  • Tiring easily 
  • Difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep
  • Difficulty focusing one's attention or concentrating
  • Forgetfullness
  • Irritability
  • Waking from sleep not feeling rested