After a Panic Attack - What You Need to Know

By: George Christodoulou

Suffering a panic attack can be a horrific event. Your first panic attack can be the scariest because you have no idea what happened or what to do. So, what did just happen during that attack? That is the question that should bring some calm and joy back into your life.

When you had your panic attack did you notice any strange symptoms that scared you? Chances are you fell into the cycle of fear. For some reason your body puts fear response mode. This means that for some unknown reason you freaked out and began exhibiting symptoms like palpitations and numb fingers. These symptoms are brought on by your body so you can either run away from or fight the danger.

Unfortunately there was no danger in sight so you just sat there while your body put you in this hypersensitive danger mode. You get dizzy, your chest starts to hurt, and you get light headed because you are not being active during a state in which your body expected you to be running for your life or fighting for it.

Explaining these symptoms will help you relax after an attack. Your heart was beating heavily because of the increased blood flow. Your fingers and face probably became numb or tingly because your body releases chemicals such as adrenaline and others which take blood away from extremities and transfer it to the heart, arms, and legs (for running or fighting.) Finally, as I stated before you become lightheaded and feel dizzy because you are not running or fighting so your body is breathing in too much oxygen causing you to hyperventilate. This causes you to overflow with oxygen and feel dizzy.

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