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What are panic attacks?

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They are short but scary episodes that send your heart pounding and make you sweat, tremble, and have trouble breathing. It can feel like a heart attack or something serious. About 10 minutes later, the episode ends. If your panic attacks keep coming back, or if you fear more attacks or change your behavior significantly in order to avoid them, you may have a mental disorder called panic disorder.

From: What Are Panic Attacks? WebMD Medical Reference

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American Psychiatric Association: .  Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Journal of Clinical Psychiatry , 2005. 

Shipkko, S. Authorhouse, 2003. Surviving Panic Disorder: What You Need to Know,

National Institute of Mental Health: "Panic Disorder Among Adults."

 

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on June 14, 2017

SOURCES: 

American Psychiatric Association: .  Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Journal of Clinical Psychiatry , 2005. 

Shipkko, S. Authorhouse, 2003. Surviving Panic Disorder: What You Need to Know,

National Institute of Mental Health: "Panic Disorder Among Adults."

 

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on June 14, 2017

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