Panic Disorders

A panic attack can strike suddenly, without any trigger or identifiable cause. Panic attacks can be extremely frightening and leave a person feeling weak and vulnerable.

People who have had one panic attack usually have others. The result is a heightened state of fear or anxiety about future episodes. In extreme circumstances, this can lead to a chronic panic disorder.

Symptoms vary from one patient to the next, but there are some common indications. Doctors consider you to be having a panic attack if you experience at least four of the following symptoms:

  • A sense of terror or impending catastrophe
  • Heightened fear of death
  • Heightened fear of 'losing control'
  • Racing or pounding heartbeat
  • Chest pains
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, nausea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tingling or numbness in the hands
  • Trembling
  • Sweating
  • Flushes or chills
  • Perceptual distortions
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