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Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder - Exams and Tests

You may be diagnosed with panic disorder if you have at least two unexpected panic attacks along with fear or worry about having another panic attack and avoiding situations that may trigger it.

The doctor will ask you questions about your symptoms. He or she will listen to your heart and check your blood pressure. You may get blood tests. The doctor may need to rule out other physical conditions that have symptoms similar to panic disorder, such as a heart attack, mitral valve prolapse, or hyperthyroidism.

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Understanding Generalized Anxiety Disorder -- Symptoms

The hallmark of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is excessive, out-of-control worrying about everyday things. Symptoms include: Persistent fear, sometimes without any obvious cause, that is present everyday Inability to concentrate Muscle tension; muscle aches Diarrhea Eating too little or too much Insomnia Irritability Loss of sex drive For school-age children, symptoms include: Fear of being away from the family Refusal to go to school Fear of stranger...

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Last Updated: May 17, 2013
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