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Panic attacks are intense and sudden surges of fear or discomfort that can feel overwhelming. They are more than just feeling stressed or frightened; panic attacks can be severe, with physical and emotional symptoms that occur abruptly and usually peak within minutes.

What are Panic Attacks?

Panic attacks involve sudden periods of intense fear that may include palpitations, sweating, shaking, shortness of breath, numbness, or a feeling that something terrible is going to happen. The frequency and severity of panic attacks can vary widely. Panic attacks can occur unexpectedly or can be triggered by a fear of a specific situation, sometimes without any apparent cause.

Signs You Might Be Experiencing a Panic Attack

Recognizing the signs of a panic attack can help you manage them more effectively. Common symptoms include:

  • Heart palpitations or accelerated heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Sensations of shortness of breath or smothering
  • Feelings of impending doom
  • Fear of losing control or “going crazy”
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Nausea or abdominal distress
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, or faintness
  • Chills or heat sensations
  • Paresthesia (numbness or tingling sensations)
  • Fear of dying
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What Does a Panic Attack Feel Like?

During a panic attack, you may feel an abrupt onslaught of physical and emotional symptoms. You might feel like you’re having a heart attack or experiencing other life-threatening health issues. The fear and terror that a person experiences during a panic attack are not in proportion to the true situation and may be unrelated to what is happening around them.

Why Do We Experience Panic Attacks?

The exact causes of panic attacks are not fully understood, but these factors may play a role:

  • Genetics: Panic attacks can sometimes run in families.
  • Major stress: Stressful situations, such as significant life transitions, can trigger a panic attack.
  • Temperament: Individuals who are more susceptible to negative emotions or psychological stress may be more prone to panic attacks.
  • Changes in brain functioning: Panic attacks can be related to changes in the way parts of your brain function.

Common Triggers for Panic Attacks

  • Stressful environments
  • Phobias: Exposure to a specific object or situation
  • Reminders of past trauma
  • Overwhelming situations could be a large crowd or being placed in a high-pressure situation.
  • Substance use: Caffeine and drugs such as stimulants can provoke panic attacks.

Types of Panic Attacks

  • Expected: These occur in response to a known fear, like flying or seeing a spider.
  • Unexpected: These occur suddenly without apparent cause.

When to Get Help for Panic Attacks

If panic attacks recur and negatively impact your life, seeking help can be crucial. They can be managed and treated with the right help. Coaching and lifestyle changes can all play a role in managing and preventing panic attacks.

Treatment and Support for Panic Attacks

Managing panic attacks typically involves:

  • Professional Coaching: Hiring a certified professional mentor can help you overcome and prevent future panic attacks. 
  • Lifestyle modifications: Regular exercise, adequate sleep, and reducing caffeine and alcohol can help.

Panic Attack Coaching

Coaching for panic attacks focuses on teaching you specific skills to decrease the symptoms and manage and prevent further attacks. It can also help you understand your panic attacks better and cope with fears related to them.


While panic attacks can be frightening and disabling, they are treatable conditions. Recognizing the signs, understanding triggers, and seeking effective treatments can empower you to regain control over your life. With professional guidance and self-management strategies, you can navigate and reduce the impact of panic attacks.

By addressing panic attacks through coaching approaches and self-help techniques, those affected can significantly improve their quality of life, ensuring that panic attacks become a manageable part of their past, not their present.

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