Most panic attacks peak in about 10 minutes, then fade away. The attack can cause:

  • Sudden, intense fear without reason or cause
  • Racing, pounding, or skipping heartbeat
  • Sweating
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Chest pain
  • Nausea or stomach problems
  • Chills or hot flashes
  • Numbness or tingling sensation
  • Trouble breathing or feeling you cannot catch your breath
  • Lightheadedness
  • Choking sensation
  • An urge to flee
  • Feeling out of control
  • Feelings of unreality, or being detached from the body
  • Fear of impending doom, such as death, heart attack, suffocation, loss of control, or embarrassment
  • Fear of dying or going crazy

Having one panic attack can increase the fear of having another. It will lead to a reluctance to go to places where an attack happened. This may increase over time. It can make it hard to have success in school and work. It can also cause problems in relationships with other people.

Revision Information

  • Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board Adrian Preda, MD
  • Review Date: 12/2018 -
  • Update Date: 02/22/2019 -