You might relate to these 10 thoughts that commonly occur during a panic attack


A panic attack is something that seems to have become quite a commonplace in the present day scenario. An increasing number of people are reporting such panic attacks which display varied signs physically. For people who suffer from this the very fact that such an attack might happen is itself a frightening thing. More often than not it is a line of thought that triggers an attack and brings about varied physical symptoms. For such people recognizing the onset and the many causes of such an attack is a very reassuring thing. Correctly being able to understand the mechanics might help to even alleviate bouts of panic attack. There are many visible signs and symptoms of a panic attack and knowing about them could help keeping it at bay. The attack basically emanates from the mind and projects itself in various physical forms and could lead to fatalities in extreme cases. You may go through these thoughts while you are under such an attack.

1 “Oh, my heart beats so fast”

When confronted by a fear the first sign is often an increase in heart palpitation that is typically characterized by a thumping heartbeat. Such is the fear that grips the mind that people conjure up a mental scenario and the heart just goes on thumping. People lose control and the fear just grips the very being of the person.

“Oh, my heart beats so fast”

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2 “I am mentally isolated”

When faced by such a panic attack, people often ask themselves why they can’t be normal like everyone around. There is an intense feeling of being mentally isolated and people feel overpowered by the imaginary fear.

“I am mentally isolated”

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3 “I am not feeling comfortable”

When panic attack strikes people are not their usual confident selves and there is an overbearing sense of discomfort. The mind conjures a scenario and feeds it with fear until the sense of comfort goes out of the window and a definite panic attack settles in.

“I am not feeling comfortable”

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4 “I can’t handle it“

That statement is one of the first things that begin to seem real in relation to the fear that has enveloped you. Often what is in actuality a few seconds of fleeting fear seems to last on and feels like it will not die down soon until it becomes a reality? Your first thoughts will be to run away from the situation.

“I can’t handle it“

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5 “My body is shutting down”

You feel so caught up in the imaginary fear that you feel end is almost near and there is an overbearing sense of body collapse. Breathing becomes labored and people feel almost as if they could fall down from the shock and awe of the situation.

“My body is shutting down”

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6 “I can’t stop it”

Such a syndrome forces people to think they are powerless and that the situation that sets it on will just not cease. Every time it happens it seems as depleting as before and you can’t seem to find a way to stop it.

“I can’t stop it”

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7 “It is unreal”

Some people realize that their fears are unfounded and yet their body responds differently and reacts as if the fear is true. The function of rational thinking just doesn’t work and fear feeds on itself and leads the brain to think otherwise.

“It is unreal”

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8 “People are watching me”

People who face this situation are more afraid of the fact that others are watching when panic attack strikes. This just aggravates the intensity of the attack to new highs. There is fear of being ridiculed and perhaps being stigmatized as a mental patient.

“People are watching me”

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9 “I am disappointing people”

A panic attack bout leads people to think that they will disappoint those who have faith in them. The fear of disappointing others makes the strength of the attack even harder to defeat.

I am disappointing people

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10 “My body is not reacting correctly”

When panic attack strikes people just don’t have the proper body-mind coordination and they feel they have virtually no control over themselves. There is a numbing sinking feeling and every action seems to go that way.

To be able to recognize the various signs of a panic attack certainly goes a long way in being able to identify the syndrome. In fact CBT or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that is emerging as the trusted treatment method for this helps people to identify their fears to combat it. To prevent panic attack is to first understand it and then prepare to fight it.

“My body is not reacting correctly"

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Also Read – How to recognise signs of heart attack before it happen?


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