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Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder - When To Call a Doctor

Call your doctor if you have:

  • Attacks of intense fear or anxiety that seem to come on without a reason.
  • A panic attack or worry that you will have another one, and your worrying interferes with your ability to do your daily activities.
  • Occasional physical symptoms (such as shortness of breath and chest pain), and you are not sure what is causing them.

Watchful waiting

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 panic disorder:

Treatment for panic attacks and panic disorder may also be provided by a:

Many community mental health centers, hospital outpatient clinics, and family service agencies have treatment programs for people with panic disorder.

To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: May 17, 2013
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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