Attacks of intense fear or
anxiety that seem to come on without a
panic attack or worry that you will have another one,
and your worrying interferes with your ability to do your daily
Occasional physical symptoms (such as shortness of
breath and chest pain), and you are not sure what is causing them.
It can be hard to tell the difference
between the symptoms of a panic attack (such as shortness of breath and chest
pain) and the
symptoms of a heart attack or another serious medical
problem. If you have symptoms of a panic attack, be sure to get medical care right away so that other medical conditions can be ruled out.
Who to see
The following health professionals can diagnose
panic attacks. They may work together with other health
professionals to treat panic attacks and
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
May 17, 2013
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