Panic Attack Symptoms In Women

Hello Everyone, Today we are going to look at panic attack symptoms in women. There are quite a few symptoms involved in a panic attack, some people often think they are having a heart attack. The attack can last for up to 10 minutes and can be very frightening and disorientating.

Let’s dive in and see what the symptoms are :

Contents :

Panic Attack Symptoms

What Causes Panic Attacks

Who Is Most At Risk

Dealing With Panic Attacks

The Risks Of Not Getting Treated

My Final Thoughts

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Panic Attack Symptoms

A panic attack can occur at any time without warning, when you are driving, in the middle of a meeting, Even when you are sleeping. The occurrence of the attack may having nothing to do with what is happening around you at the time. It can be a combination of stress that has built up over time and one small incidence can set it in motion.

People having a panic attack often say they have some of these symptoms:

  1. Feeling totally out of control
  2. Pains in your chest
  3. Your heart will be racing (beating faster)
  4. Have difficulty breathing ( usually hyperventilating)
  5. Feeling hot and sweaty
  6. Pins and needles in the hands or feet
  7. Feeling faint, dizzy, or weak
  8. Feelings of fear and terror
  9. Feeling like you are going to die

Some people can have a panic attack only one time in their life and it can be due to a urinary tract infection. This happened to me about 6 years ago. It was the only time it has ever happened so far.

If you have had a panic attack not caused by infection once, then you are more likely to have another one. Panic disorder is diagnosed when you have attacks on a regularly recurring basis. Women are more prone to panic disorders than men. An estimated 6 million people in America suffer from panic disorder.


A frightened lady sitting on the floor with a big demon hovering over her

What Causes Panic Attacks

Panic attacks can come on very suddenly and without any warning at first, as they progress, they can be triggered by certain situations.

Research suggests that your body’s natural fight-or-flight response to danger is involved in panic attacks. For example, if a Lion came after you, your body would react instinctively. Your heart rate and breathing would increase as your body prepared for a life-threatening situation. Lots of the same things happen with a panic attack. But it is not known why a panic attack occurs when there is no such danger around.

These factors could play a role in panic attacks and panic disorder:

  1. If you experience Serious stress
  2. If you are the type of person who looks at things negatively and are prone to be stressed out
  3. Genetics

Who Is Most At Risk

Panic attacks often start to occur in the last years of school, women are twice as likely to get them than men.

You are more at risk if :

You smoke or drink lots of caffeine if there are others in your family who suffer if you have suffered from a traumatic experience such as, sudden death in the family, a painful divorce or you have been sexually abused.

Dealing With Panic Attacks

Panic attacks are treatable, There are many different ways this can be achieved.

You can speak with a psychotherapist who can help you to cope with the attacks. They will help you to learn that the panic symptoms are not dangerous.

Once the physical sensations of panic no longer feel threatening, the attacks begin to become less. Successful treatment can also help you to get over the fear of situations that you’ve avoided because of the panic attacks. Results can take a while to be achieved, but you can start to see a difference in as little as a few weeks.

You may be prescribed medications such as :

SSRI antidepressants include fluoxetine, paroxetine, or sertraline are recommended for panic attacks. Other anti-depressants could be Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, these are used mainly for panic disorder.

If your symptoms are quite severe You could be given Benzodiazepines which are sedatives. They would only be prescribed for a short time because they are highly addictive. They will not be prescribed to you if you are an alcoholic or drug user.

It is also possible after a bit of trial and error that your doctor may prescribe a combination of tablets for you. Results usually take a month or so.


A lady sitting with her head in her hands


Breathing Exercises:

Most panic attacks occur because of hyperventilation, This happens when your body produces too much carbon dioxide and you try to breathe too quickly.

People who are suffering from panic attacks end up in a vicious circle, they feel that they cannot breathe, which causes them to breathe too quickly, which then causes hyperventilation.

You need to learn how to breathe in a slow and controlled manner, usually in and out of a paper bag. To bring the attack under control.

Other things you can do if you don’t carry a bag around with you are, breathe in through your nose for 5 seconds, hold the breath for 3/4 seconds and breathe out through your mouth for 7 seconds. Keep repeating until you feel more in control of the situation.

Even if you are not having an attack it is advised to practice this breathing technique every day for 20-30 minutes. It will help you in the long run.

Natural Remedies:

Green Tea ( L-theanine), helps to stop your rising heart rate and blood pressure as well as reducing the symptoms of anxiety.

Chamomile Tea helps to calm you down and to stop you from feeling Jittery.

Kava is a plant that has been dubbed natures Valium, it’s best to take this when you feel any of the symptoms starting as it helps to calm you down.

Eat foods containing Omega 3 such as Salmon which is rich in protein, heart-helping omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin D.

The Risks Of Not Getting Treated

If you do not get treatment of some kind you run the risk of panic attacks and panic disorders ruining your whole life, by living in fear. There is a very real risk of complications occurring, Such as :

  • You can Develop phobias, Like fear of driving or leaving your house (agoraphobia)
  • Not wanting to spend time with your family and friends
  • Problems with school or work
  • Depression, anxiety disorders, and other psychiatric disorders
  • You could be at an increased risk of suicide or suicidal thoughts
  • Alcohol or drugs abuse
  • Money Issues

My Final Thoughts

Get treatment from a medical professional or by using natural remedies for panic attacks as soon as possible to help to stop them from getting worse or occurring more often.

Make sure you Stick with any treatment plan that is given to you to help prevent relapses or worsening of panic attack symptoms.

Ensure you eat healthy foods and get regular exercise, which can play a role in stopping stress and anxiety.

I wish to thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to read this article. If, you have a question or a comment then please feel free to leave it below. I love to hear from you all and I will get back to you.

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Take great care of yourself because you are worth it.


Please speak to a doctor before taking matters into your own hands. Everyone is different and what works well for one may not necessarily work for another.

This post is not intended to diagnose or treat you in any way. It’s for information purposes only. I’m not a medical professional.



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7 thoughts on “Panic Attack Symptoms In Women”

  1. Hello there, thanks a lot for sharing this wonderful wonderful piece of information here with us. I must say i really did enjoyed going through your review as it contains valuable informations one needs to be aware of. A lot of people often think they are having a panic attack whereas it is something entirely different, these symptoms should be able to help one clarify the differences

  2. Hello there! Thank you very much for sharing this article on panic attack symptoms in women. This is very important to me as I’ve had panic attack a couple of times. The last time I had panic attack it was in a moving vehicle, it would have been terrible if I was the one driving. Knowing these symptoms would make me stay back if I know it’s going to happen. Thanks a lot for this. 

    • Hey Sophie,

      Thanks very much for reading and commenting.

      It is scary to think it can happen when you are

      driving. Unfortunately they are very common.

      Stay safe and well.


  3. One very smart and well-detailed article you have here and it deals with a very common issue that we all are faced with, PANIC ATTACK. I have suffered from these attacks a lot of times and its sad that I do not know whenever its about to happen and I’m sure I’m not the only one. We have every symptom you have shared here and I’m happy to have seen it, now I can handle it perfectly 

    • Hello,

      Panic attacks are something a lot of people

      suffer  from. it’s very scary that you don’t

      know when they may occur. Thanks for

      reading and leaving a comment.


  4. Thanks for writing this article to dish out knowledge about panic attack symptoms in women. I do not know much about panic attack, but from reading this article, I have learnt a lot about panic attacks, most especially for women. I now have the knowledge of how to deal with panic attacks, the risk of not getting treated, and knowing the symptoms of panic attack. I can even educate my female friends and family with this.


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