1 )Did you experience a fast heart rate or heart palpitations or a pounding heart? Yes, and it’s really distracting.
2 )Were you sweating? No.
3 )Did you experience shaking or trembling? No usually.
4 )Did you experience shortness of breath or difficulty breathing or sensations of smothering? Slightly.
5 )Did you feel like you were choking or like you couldn’t swallow? No.
6 )Did you feel pain or discomfort or tightness in your chest? Tightness.
7 )Did you feel sick to your stomach or nauseous or feel other abdominal distress? No.
8 )Did you feel dizzy, unsteady, lightheaded, or faint? Yes.
9 )Did you experience feelings of unreality (derealization) or feelings of being detached from yourself (depersonalization)? No.
10 )Did you fear that you would lose control or go crazy? Sometimes.
11 )Were you afraid that you were dying? No.
12 )Did you feel numbness or tingling sensations (paresthesias)? Yes.
13 )Did you feel chills or hot flashes? Yes, kinda feverish chills.
If your score is higher than 4, you have experienced many symptoms of a panic attack. If these symptoms came on abruptly and reached a peak in about 10 minutes, you may have had a panic attack.
So what if they happen almost every day? And what if they linger for hours and keep bothering me?