Panic attacks are frightening experiences. Your heart is pumping, you’re sweating, and you may be shivering all over. Knowing for sure that you are having a panic attack isn’t easy in the moment. In fact, many people mistakenly assume that they are having heart attacks when their first panic attack occurs.
However, panic attacks are not life-threatening. Knowing the signs of a panic attack can help you better understand what is affecting you, and help keep things in perspective when a panic attack hits.
This article will go through everything you need to know on panic attacks: what they are, what are the symptoms, and how to manage them.
What is a Panic Attack?
To understand a panic attack, we are going to look back in time to when humans first started roaming the earth. By the time we started hunting and foraging, the only human tools for self-defense were our senses and physical capabilities. Nowadays, humanity has the benefit of a wide array of sophisticated laws and services protecting them. For better or for worse, that primal ability to quickly respond to danger has stayed with us to this very day.