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If a lot of anxiety or negative emotions build up, it can be so that you get a panic attack. Some people think that they experience panic attacks sometimes, but when do you know that it officially is a panic attack? To consider something to be a panic attack, several symptoms of a panic attack mus be experienced at the same time. To clarify the symptoms of panic attacks, we will sum them up in this article, as well as give possible treatment types.

Panic attacks: symptoms

Panic is often caused by a build-up of anxiety or negative emotions. The build-up of anxiety can be caused by you being confronted with a situation which causes anxiety. When you experience a panic attack, you can experience both psychological and physical symptoms. In panic attacks you often start to sweat, to shiver, and your muscles also start to tense. You often feel like you are no longer in control of your body, and even that you are no longer in touch with your body. It is as if you have some type of out-of-body experience. Your heart starts to beat faster and your pupils dilate. You also start to breathe in a shallow way and you have a dizzy feeling in your head.
At that point it can also be so that you hyperventilate. When you hyperventilate, you experience many of the same symptoms which you do in panic attacks. Because you start to breathe more shallowly, your brain gets less oxygen and you can experience dizziness. Panic attacks can often cause hyperventilation.

Panic attacks: treatment

Panic attacks are caused by you experiencing too much anxiety or negative emotions. You can treat this by dealing with stress or anxiety. 15 Minutes 4 Me developed an online self-help program which can help you with this. It can help ou in the treatment of your attacks, the prevention of attacks and creating new habits, which can reduce the chance of attacks occurring.

Panic attacks: take the anxiety test

To know to what extent you experience anxiety or stress, you can fill out the free online anxiety test. This test takes about 5 minutes of your time and tells you more about your stress or anxiety level. After filling out the test, you get to see your scores right away.