Picture Perfect Panic?

Picture Perfect Panic?

I have never been diagnosed with panic disorder, but what is panic disorder? I believe that some of the symptoms of my mental health struggles are justified as panic. 

Is there such thing as picture perfect panic? We all experience panic through our lives, however, what does this look like? If I’m not having a ‘generic panic-attack’ with the ‘classic’ brown bag, hyperventilating, sweating, shaking, can’t catch my breath symptoms, then am I even suffering with panic disorder?

Stigma still surrounds mental health disorders, and I believe it still very much surrounds panic disorders. Yes, a ‘classic’ panic attack is the most common, but there are many more forms of panic, which I believe people don’t recognise
or are unaware of. 

Symptoms of a panic attack can range from:

  • Racing heartbeat

  • Feeling faint

  • Nausea 

  • Chest pain

  • Chills

  • Dizziness 

  • Numbness/pins and needles

  • Dry mouth

  • A need to go to the toilet

  • Ringing in your ears

  • Feeling of dread and fear

  • Tingling sensation in your fingers

  • Feeling disconnected from your body

It is important to recognise that just because someone isn’t hyperventilating and shaking, whilst trying to catch their breath it doesn’t mean they aren’t experiencing a panic attack. 

Equipping yourself with the knowledge of what symptoms come with panic attacks will enable you to sympathise, recognise, and help someone who is experiencing an attack. 

Remember, mental health affects us all. If it was you that was suffering, you’d want help, right? So let’s pull together and help and support those around us.



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