Panic Disorder


Panic disorder is diagnosed in people who experience spontaneous panic attacks and are very preoccupied with the fear of recurring attack. Panic attacks occur unexpectedly and can interfere with daily life causing people to miss work, attend many doctors’ visits, and avoid situations where they fear they might have a panic attack. What differentiates a panic attack from other anxiety symptoms is the intensity and the duration of the symptoms. Panic attacks typically reach their peak level of intensity within 10 minutes then begin to subside. Due to the intensity of the symptoms people may often find themselves making trips to the emergency room or doctors offices convinced they have a life-threatening issue. Panic attacks can occur unexpectedly during a calm or anxious state.


·         Pounding or accelerated heart rate

·         Sweating

·         Trembling or shaking

·         Shortness of breath

·         Feelings of choking

·         Chest pain or discomfort

·         Nausea

·         Feeling dizzy, lightheaded, or faint

·         Chills or heat sensations

·         Numbness or tingling sensations

·         Fear of dying

Additional Resources

Article – 11 Ways to Stop a Panic Attack

Video – Breathing Technique to Stop a Panic Attack

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