Signs Of A Panic Attack

Mental signs Of A Panic Attack

Panic is not always attached to a trigger. Often, people experience panic attacks as a reaction to stress of some kind. More specifically, it is a mounting stress which has been building for some time. For those diagnosed with panic disorder, panic attacks can occur seemingly spontaneously without a logical cause. In the same way that anxiety is a reaction to normal stress or fears in an abnormal ways. Panic is a version of anxiety and is classified under anxiety disorders. Panic is when the brain believes that it is dying or that death is about to occur. Sending out various warning signs for attention, the body reacts in extreme ways.

Physical Signs of A Panic Attack

Physical signs of a panic attack can vary depending on the attack, the day, the situation, and the person. Many different signs can precede a panic attack. During a panic attack, however, the signs are typically the same. Most people experience a rapidly beating heart and chest constrictions which lead them to believe they’re having a heart attack. Muscles tense from head to toe in such a way that when the panic attack is over there is often an experience of diarrhea after the bowel muscles relax. Sweating may occur during the panic attack


  • Vertigo or visual disturbances
  • Increased heart rate
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Chest constrictions
  • Shaking or trembling
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Dissociation or detachment
  • Constricting of the throat
  • Feelings of not being able to breathe
  • Sweating or shivering
  • Depersonalization/derealization
  • Irritability
  • Paranoia or the feeling of being watched
  • Clenching of the jaw or grinding of the teeth
  • Suddenly convinced of heart attack, losing the mind, or death


LEAD Recovery Center welcomes clients with signs of panic attacks. Our goal is to help each client become fully autonomous in their lives and their recovery. Call us today for more information, at 800-380-0012.