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What is a Panic Attack?

Panic Attacks: An Overview

Panic Attacks: An Overview

The feelings come on suddenly without warning — your heart is racing, you’re faint and dizzy, your hands and fingers are numb, you can’t catch your breath. You feel like you’re losing control, having a heart attack, going crazy. You might even think you’re dying. And then, almost as suddenly as the feelings appeared, they’re gone.

Panic attacks can be frightening — and they’re not as rare as you might think. Experts estimate that more than a quarter of all people will experience at least one in their lifetime. The good news is, panic attacks can be effectively treated and controlled. Learn how to spot the symptoms of a panic attack, and how to find long-lasting relief. 

By Jen Lazuta. Published August 21, 2012. Jen Lazuta is a Chicago-based freelance writer.