Panic disorders are characterized by debilitating anxiety and fear that can rear its ugly head at a moment's notice. People who have panic disorders often wait in fear of their next panic attack. If you suffer from panic attacks, you know these attacks can happen anywhere at any time.
Most panic attacks last about 20 to 30 minutes, and very rarely last longer than an hour. A full-blown panic attack includes a combination of the following signs and symptoms: Heart palpitations or a racing heart, chest pain or discomfort, feeling dizzy, light-headed, or faint, numbness or tingling sensations, hot or cold flashes, fear of dying, and losing control. In order to help you fight some of these symptoms, here are a few tips on things to avoid and ways to keep calm when you're experiencing a panic attack.