Difficulty breathing, sweating, trembling, heart pounding, fear... sounds like you might be having a panic attack.
Panic disorder has a genetic component, but panic attacks can occur for anyone. Stress precipitates panic attacks. Someone who is already stressed is prone to panic attacks. Many people suffer quietly.
Panic attacks are short-lived and intense, lasting no more than a couple of hours. Rule out any medical causes right away. Blood work and heart observations will help rule out medical conditions that could be disguised by a panic attack.
You will not die from a panic attack. Behavioral and pharmacological treatments are available for those who experience frequent panic attacks.
Listen as Dr. Alex Dimitriu joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss how to handle panic attacks.