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What Is A Panic Attack? These Are The 10 Signs You Need To Know

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Panic attacks are no longer a taboo context in society. Believe it or not, many people have experienced some of the symptoms. But they might not know what it leads to or what it actually is. However, many are still turning a blind eye to this. Yet, it’s a health issue that needs to be taken seriously as it can lead to severe conditions if not treated quickly.

Recently, during the 32nd Malaysia Film Festival held in Encore, Melaka, one of the nation’s most loved actresses and activists, Maya Karin, admitted to experiencing a panic attack before and while she was on stage. She was visibly shaking and had to rely on his co-host, legendary actor Faizal Hussein, for support. 

Maya Karin went candid and shared an appreciation post to Faizal Hussein for being her pillar that night.


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Consequently, this shows that anxiety attacks can happen to anyone— even public figures. Although they are used to being in the spotlight, they aren’t immune to it, and it’s okay. 

So, have you ever felt extreme nervousness, different from the usual? Do your hands tremble, or cold sweat breaks on your skin? 

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What are the symptoms of panic attacks?

Notably, Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia (KKM) on Twitter shared these 10 signs you need to know: 

  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Suffocation
  • Sweating
  • Nauseous
  • Detached from reality
  • Trembling hands
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness (in hands)
  • Fear of death
  • Fear of losing control

KKM stated that the peak of anxiety attacks could happen unexpectedly

Additionally, if you ever experienced at least four of the 12 symptoms, consider professional help immediately:

  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Staggered breathing
  • Nervousness (to the point of feeling like you’re choking)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Shaking, cold sweat

Why do anxiety attacks happen?

  • It happens when you feel extremely worried about something for a long time.
  • However, panic attack symptoms can also reflect other health concerns like heartbeat problems or thyroid. 
  • Hence, severe attacks could lead to the individual’s loss of worth to the community, workplace and personality.

Thus, if you’re showing these signs, please seek professional help immediately. It’ll make a big difference for you and your life. 

Sources: Twitter Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia, Instagram Maya Karin

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