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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How do I know if I had a panic attack?

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    Yesterday I had a very bad fight with my boyfriend. I ended up trembling and my heart was racing. I felt like I was having a nervous breakdown and lost control of my body. Is this what a panic attack feels like? It's happened a few other times when I was extremely upset.
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  • Dr Toni Metelerkamp

    Clinical Psychologist, Psychologist

    Toni works with adults and couples, and specialises in diagnosing and treating anxiety (panic disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder), phobias, substance and gambling, addictions, suicide and … View Profile

    Panic attacks are usually intense periods of extreme anxiety that lasts for about 10 minutes, but can also last either a few minuets or a few hours. Typical symptoms include:
    ·       a racing heart
    ·       sweating
    ·       feeling dizzy
    ·       feeling short of breath
    ·       shaking
    ·       overwhelming fear that you are losing control, making a fool of yourself, that you are going crazy or that you might die.
    ·       chest tightness/pain
    ·       numbness or pins and needles
    ·       feeling faint
    Sometimes it is unclear what caused the panic, and not knowing can make the situation worse. If these symptoms sound familiar then you should talk to your doctor because it is best to eliminate any medical factors that may be causing the symptoms. 

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