How to Stop a Panic Attack in Its Tracks


Panic attacks are extremely uncomfortable experiences that cause fleeting but intense feelings of fear and physical reactions to everyday, nonthreatening situations. They’re fairly common, with up to 11 percent of Americans experiencing a panic attack each year, according to the Cleveland Clinic.

Panic attacks are linked to various mental health conditions. They’re the hallmark symptom of panic disorder, but can also occur alongside other conditions, such as generalized anxiety disorder, phobias, or mood disorders.

Common symptoms include chest pain, rapid heart beat, difficulty breathing, trembling, sweating, intense fear, nausea, or feeling like you might die. Panic attacks usually last 5 to 20 minutes, and although they’re not harmful to your physical health, they can worsen your quality of life over time and they’re linked to an increased risk of suicidal thoughts or behaviors, per the Cleveland Clinic.

That’s why it’s so important to know how to manage panic attacks when they do happen, especially if you have them repeatedly.


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