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What Does A Panic Attack Really Feel Like?

"It feels like I need to escape, get out and run, because if I don't, I might die."

Have you ever had a panic attack? Walls closing in, chest tightening up, shortness of breath—anyone who has ever experienced it knows how terrifying it can be.

But not all panic attacks are the same for everyone. To get a clearer idea of what having a panic attack is really like, Huffington Post asked readers to share their experiences.

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"Mine are like I can't stand up, I can't speak. All I feel is an intense amount of pain all over, like something is just squeezing me into this little ball. If it is really bad I can't breathe, I start to hyperventilate and I throw up."

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"My body feels tingly and I get dizzy. I feel like ice is running through my veins. I want to run away from my body but I can't, of course. Shallow breathing. Heart racing. Total panic."

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"It feels like every wall is closing in towards me, like I can't see straight and my vision suddenly becomes spotty. Tunnel vision describes it perfectly."

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"It feels like being trapped and suffocated as if the building was on fire with no escape. It feels urgent and frightening."

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"It feels like my throat is being choked. My arms start tingling because I'm breathing shallowly and not getting enough oxygen, which of course panics me more."

Source: huffingtonpost.com