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Panic Attacks

Panic attacks stem from an anxiety disorder that causes recurring, yet unexpected attacks of extreme fear. These attacks can last minutes to hours. 

During a panic attack, the person will experience at least four of the following symptoms within 10 minutes. Typically, panic attacks are followed by at least 1 month of constant fear of having another attack.

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Heart pounding or palpitations
  • Shaking or shivering
  • Hot flashes, sweating, or chills
  • Nausea or stomachache
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • No feeling in the body or tingling
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Fear of death
  • Fear of losing control
  • Feeling removed from reality
  • Feeling disconnected 

Specialist

Psychiatrist or Psychotherapist 

Helpful Links

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml