Panic attacks are described as one of the most terrifying feelings for most people who experience them the first time. When someone has their first panic attack they usually mistake it for a heart attack and go right to the ER. Panic symptoms range from chest pains, racing heart, trouble breathing, intense wave of fear, numbness, tingling, nauseous, feeling detached, and fear of losing control. Most panic attacks only last for a few minutes but some symptoms are known to last for hours.
There are many things that can contribute to these attacks such as stress, life changes, hormones, medical conditions, stimulants, and drugs/alcohol use. However, the exact cause are not known, and it seems that some people are predisposed to panic due to their biological makeup. The good news is that therapy for panic attacks is very helpful after learning new therapeutic techniques and relaxation exercises.