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What are the symptoms of a panic disorder?

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A panic attack is a sudden strong feeling of fear. You’ll have four or more of these signs:

  • Pounding or fast heartbeat
  • Sweating
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Shortness of breath or a feeling of being smothered
  • A choking feeling
  • Chest pain
  • Nausea or stomach pains
  • Feeling dizzy or faint
  • Chills or hot flashes
  • Numbness or tingling in the body
  • Feeling unreal or detached
  • A fear of losing control or going crazy
  • A fear of dying

From: What Is Panic Disorder? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus: “Panic Disorder.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Panic Disorder: When Fear Overwhelms.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Panic Disorder.”

American Psychiatric Association: “What Are Anxiety Disorders?”

The BMJ : “Panic Disorder.”

National Alliance on Mental Illness: “Psychotherapy.”

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders , Fifth Edition.

PubMed: “Functional t1ρ imaging in panic disorder.”

UpToDate: “Panic disorder in adults: Epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, course, assessment, and diagnosis.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 20, 2017

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus: “Panic Disorder.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Panic Disorder: When Fear Overwhelms.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Panic Disorder.”

American Psychiatric Association: “What Are Anxiety Disorders?”

The BMJ : “Panic Disorder.”

National Alliance on Mental Illness: “Psychotherapy.”

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders , Fifth Edition.

PubMed: “Functional t1ρ imaging in panic disorder.”

UpToDate: “Panic disorder in adults: Epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, course, assessment, and diagnosis.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 20, 2017

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