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Thursday, June 26, 2008 ROB, Community Member, asks

Q: Do panic attacks always present with rapid heartbeat? I only get lightheaded and anxious.

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Gerald Tarlow, Ph.D., Health Guide
6/27/08 9:23am

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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J O, Health Guide
6/29/08 10:20pm

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!

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By ROB, Community Member— Last Modified: 04/06/14, First Published: 06/26/08