Panic attacks

painting of a panic attack
  • (See also ‘Adrenaline surge’ and ‘“Fight or flight” response’)
  • Adrenaline rush
  • Feeling as if you’re having a heart attack, suffocating, or dying
  • Feeling unable to breathe
  • Tunnel-vision


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What are withdrawal-induced panic attacks?

Panic attacks are a common occurrence for many who come off psychiatric drugs. Typically, people report intense heart palpitations, adrenaline rushes, shortness of breath, chest discomfort, abdominal discomfort, tunnel vision, fear of dying, depersonalization, and derealization. People indicate panic attacks usually last less than ten minutes, but the duration can  vary. Individuals who report panic attacks often link them to specific events, like social situations or public places.  

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