Many people do not realize that there are many different types of panic attacks with each one having their own panic attack symptoms. General panic attacks are usually brief and last less than ten minutes but the symptoms can linger for a longer period of time. If you have ever experienced a panic attack you will be at a greater risk for having more panic attacks. When a person has a panic attack repeatedly they are usually diagnosed as having the medical condition called panic disorder. When you have this medical condition you are unable to predict when you will have another panic attack.

General panic attack symptoms

When you have a general panic attack you may experience one or more of the following symptoms.

  • Your heart seems to be racing
  • You may feel faint, dizzy, or weak
  • You may have numbness or tingling in your fingers and hands
  • You may experience a sense of impending death or doom, or terror
  • You have chills or feel sweaty
  • You may have chest pains
  • You may have breathing difficulties
  • You may feel a loss of control

Panic attack symptoms while driving

This type of panic attack is usually due to stress and anxiety and happen very suddenly and often unexpected. These panic attacks are very common and is usually due to a type of claustrophobia because of the fear of being trapped in a car for a variety of reasons. The attacks can last for five to ten minutes or as long as thirty minutes or longer. Some of the common driving panic attack symptoms may include:

  • Fainting
  • Sweating
  • Experiencing shortness of breath
  • Having a headache
  • Chills
  • Experiencing abdominal cramps
  • Chest pain and palpitations
  • Hot flashes
  • Nausea
  • Trembling
  • Feeling a tightness in your throat
  • Hyperventilation
  • Tingling
  • Dizziness
  • Having a fear of losing control
  • Having a strong feeling of a need to escape the vehicle

Panic attack symptoms at night while sleeping

When a person has a panic attack while they are sleeping it will usually come on suddenly and spikes within ten minutes and it can take thirty minutes to subside. Most people will suddenly wake up from sleep with a mental jolt that for no apparent reason can cause a sudden state of fear. It can happen because they are dreaming about being chased by a monster, feel as if they are falling off a cliff, or dreaming of being chased by a person they feel is going to do them harm. Some of the night time sleeping panic attack symptoms a person may experience may include:

  • Often feeling overwhelmed by a feeling of impending doom
  • Waking up and not having a clue about what is happening or where they are
  • Sweating
  • Your heart feels like it is racing or chest pain
  • Having breathing problems
  • Chills
  • Having a tight feeling in your throat which may be followed by a sensation of being choked
  • Shakiness
  • Having a churning stomach
  • Dry mouth
  • Hot flashes

Panic attack symptoms while pregnant

Many women suffer from these types of pregnant panic attacks. It could be because of the hormonal changes in their body, the excitement of having a baby, or feeling anxious because they are not sure how to cope with the baby when it arrives. Some of the pregnancy panic attack symptoms may include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling like your heart is racing or palpitations
  • Shakiness or trembling
  • Cold and hot flashes
  • Upset stomach or nausea
  • Sweating
  • Feeling agitated, irritated or tense
  • Light headedness
  • Having a choking sensation