• ROB ROB
    June 26, 2008
    Do panic attacks always present with rapid heartbeat? I only get lightheaded and anxious.
    ROB ROB
    June 26, 2008

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  • J O
    J O
    Health Guide
    June 29, 2008
    J O
    J O
    Health Guide
    June 29, 2008

    Hi Rob,

     

    One of the frustrating things about anxiety is that it can present so differently in each person; it's not cut or dry what symptoms you will or won't have. Each person's experience will panic attacks usually varies. I have worked with people who only experience one symptom of panic, while others have experienced multiple symptoms.

     

    I hope this helps!

  • Gerald Tarlow, Ph.D.
    Health Guide
    June 27, 2008
    Gerald Tarlow, Ph.D.
    Health Guide
    June 27, 2008

    Rob,

    A Rapid heartbeat is a very common symptom of panic attacks, but it is not the only symptom.  Feeling lightheaded and anxious are also symptoms.  Other common symptoms include:  sweating, shaking, difficulty breathing, feeling of choking, chest pain and GI discomfort.  People also often have a fear of dying, losing control or going crazy.  The symptoms tend to come on rapidly and peak within 10 minutes.

    Dr. Tarlow


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