The focus here is on attacks of panic that appear to come on without cause. Involving a racing heartbeat (palpitations),
chest pain, sweating, trembling and shaking, many people fear that they are having a heart attack or stroke, dying or going mad.
Our heart beats so fast that our chest shudders, we can hear it, we can feel it. We are breathing rapidly and our shoulders are raised and
tense. Our legs feel like jelly and our arms and hands tremble, we can't keep them still. What's wrong with us? Why is this
We feel sick and want to go to the toilet, our mouth is dry, it's hard to swallow and we are sweating. Feelings of dread consume us and
we have an overwhelming urge to run, to flee, to get away.
All of this and out of the blue... no wonder we feel that there is something radically wrong with us.
"A sudden overwhelming feeling of fear or anxiety"
(The Collins English Dictionary)