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What are symptoms of a panic attack?

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Panic attacks are intense periods of fear or feelings of doom that hit you suddenly, within 10 minutes. You'll have at least four of these:

  • Sudden overwhelming fear
  • Palpitations
  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sense of choking
  • Chest pain
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • A feeling of being detached from the world
  • Fear of dying
  • Numbness or tingling in the limbs or entire body
  • Chills or hot flushes

From: Anxiety and Panic WebMD Medical Reference

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National Institute of Mental Health.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on May 10, 2018

SOURCE: 

National Institute of Mental Health.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on May 10, 2018

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