A panic attack is the abrupt onset of intense fear or discomfort that reaches a peak within minutes and includes at least four of the following symptoms:
  • Palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Sensations of shortness of breath or smothering
  • Feelings of choking
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Nausea or abdominal distress
  • Feeling dizzy, unsteady, light-headed, or faint
  • Chills or heat sensations
  • Paresthesia (numbness or tingling sensations)
  • Derealization (feelings of unreality) or depersonalization (being detached from oneself)
  • Fear of losing control or “going crazy”
  • Fear of dying
Forget four, I feel almost all of them. Some of them I always feel. They never go away.

"Are you shaking while you are doing this?"

Yes. I do a lot of things to try to calm down. If I'm home and available, I take Tylenol and sit up in bed until my body calms down. The last time I did this Zach brought me a stuffed animal to help make me feel better. What I needed was his other action. He was absolutely perfect while I calmed down. No parenting stress during that time.