If there's no real immediate threat, take steps to relax, such as breathing slowly and deeply. Having a talk with a friend or family member may help diminish fear.
When to seek immediate medical care
See a doctor immediately if:
- Experiencing a panic attack, with symptoms such as a racing heart, shortness of breath, upset stomach, or a feeling of dread
When to make a doctor's appointment
Make an appointment to see a doctor if:
- Disrupting ability to work or complete daily activities