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Panic Disorder

Panic attacks (or anxiety attacks) occur suddenly, oftentimes appearing out of the blue, and involve intense fear or discomfort. 

 Individuals may mistake panic attacks for other health issues such as heart attacks or cardiovascular issues, strokes, and fainting.

 Given the fear of having a life-threatening issue, and the frightening experience that accompanies panic attacks, individuals may make several visits to emergency rooms or doctor's offices. Panic disorder is the label used when someone who experiences panic attacks becomes preoccupied or fearful of having recurrent attacks. 

Some people will avoid many or most public situations because they are afraid that they may have a panic attack and will not be able to get help or escape; this is called agoraphobia.

 Agoraphobia is particularly common in people with panic disorder. Their world may become smaller as they are constantly on guard, waiting for the next panic attack. Some people develop a fixed route or territory, and it may become impossible for them to travel beyond their safety zones without suffering severe anxiety.

Symptoms of Panic Disorder

  • Racing or pounding heart
  • Chest pressure or pain
  • Sweating
  • Shaking or trembling
  • Shortness of breath
  • Choking sensations
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Chills or hot flashes
  • Tingling or numbness
  • Feelings of unreality
  • Fears of dying or "going crazy"

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