Panic Disorder

People with panic disorder have sudden and repeated attacks of fear that last for several minutes or longer. These attacks are characterized by a fear of disaster or of losing control even when there is no real danger. A person may also have a strong physical reaction during an attack. It may feel like they are having a heart attack and can occur at any time. Many people with panic disorder worry about and dread the possibility of having another attack. People with panic disorder may have:


Physical symptoms may include:

  • Weakness or dizziness
  • Pounding/racing heart
  • Tingly/numb hands
  • Sweat/chills
  • Chest/stomach pain
  • Stomach pain
  • Trembling/nausea
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sudden and repeated attacks of overwhelming anxiety and fear
  • Feeling of loss of control or impending doom
  • Intense worry about the next attack 
  • Fear/avoidance of places where attacks occur

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