Panic attacks are all about fear and can be experienced at any time.  They are caused by an uncontrolled anxiety or stress which presents itself in physical symptoms.

It is quite normal to feel anxiety or stress in some situations, such as public speaking, first time trying something, etc.  However, a panic attack is triggered when you are unable to control or work through that anxiety or stress.

The symptoms of a panic attack include:

  • Feeling sick or lightheaded
  • Experience shivers throughout your body
  • Feeling your heart pounding
  • Trembling hands and body
  • Sweating
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling like you are losing control
  • The need to fight your way out
  • The need to run away
  • Unable to move or respond


If you find that you are feeling or experiencing these symptoms I would encourage you to firstly seek professional help and talk to your Doctor, as although these are symptoms of a panic attack , they could be also symptoms of a medical condition.

The type of symptoms you experience could be one, some or all listed above and could be different in different situations.  The important point is not to focus on the symptoms, but attempt to turn your focus on your perception.

What I mean by that is the panic attacks are actually caused by your perception of the situation which then results in the symptoms.  The reason we panic is we perceive we are in danger and our natural instinct is to protect ourselves.

In reality there are times that the symptoms above can protect you, however if you are having panic attacks for a perceived danger versus a real danger that is when it is not protecting you but limiting you.

Panic attacks are a complicated medical condition, and this article only lightly touches on what they are.  If you would like more information please contact me at Startafreshlife.

Tomorrow I will start to talk about what to do to try and help minimise or stop the panic attacks.