Panic attacks can be devastating for the people suffering from them and mystifying for their friends and loved ones. Although panic attacks are different for everyone, the experience of having a panic attack is often described as a period of intense fear or discomfort. These feelings typically peaks in ten minutes but may last as long as twenty to thirty minutes. Along with many physical symptoms, people in the throes of a panic attack often feel they will collapse or die. Panic attacks are not usually physically harmful. However, most people who have experienced a panic attack are likely to experience more. A person with a pattern of repeated panic attacks are generally said to be suffering from a Panic Disorder.