A deep fear strikes out of the blue
Panic attacks can come without warning, triggering a sudden feeling of overwhelming dread. It’s more than feeling nervous, anxious, or stressed out about something. According to the American Psychological Association, the surge that comes over you is “intense” and “comes without any obvious reason,” though often it’s linked to feeling physically trapped or agoraphobic. If your panic attacks are recurring, you can go on to develop panic disorder, which affects some six million American adults, more women than men, according to WebMD. Learn the everyday habits that can trigger a panic attack.
You feel like you’re losing your mind
Because of the intensity and sudden onset of the feelings, in addition to the physical panic attack symptoms that may arise at the same time, it’s not unusual to develop a “fear of going crazy” during a panic attack, Todd Farchione, PhD, of the Boston University Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders, told U.S. News & World Report. One patient elaborated for U.S. News & World Report, saying that the mind/body disconnect about what’s happening can be confusing. “I didn’t know what was going on,” the patient said. “Your body doesn’t know what to do… Half your brain is telling you to run, and the other half is telling you to stay. You’re in kind of a deadlock.”