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What are waves of panic attacks?

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Most panic attacks last less than 30 minutes, and often peak after 10 minutes. If you have panic attack symptoms for an hour or more, you may really be having a wave of panic attacks, one after another. There's actually a period of recovery between them, though you may not notice it. The overall effect feels like you're being hit with one never-ending attack.

Wave of panic attacks is rare. That’s because the fight-or-flight response it sets off is so draining.

SOURCES:

HelpGuide.org: "Panic Attack and Panic Disorder."

American Psychological Association: "Answers to Your Questions about Panic Disorder."

This Way Up: "Panicked."

Paul Nestadt, MD, supervising psychiatrist, Johns Hopkins Hospital Anxiety Disorders Clinic, Johns Hopkins Medical Institution.

University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine: "Panic Disorder."

Anxiety and Depression Society of America: "Generalized Anxiety Disorder."

American Cancer Society: "Anxiety, Fear, and Depression."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Panic Disorder."

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: "Am I having a panic attack or a heart attack?"

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 12, 2017

SOURCES:

HelpGuide.org: "Panic Attack and Panic Disorder."

American Psychological Association: "Answers to Your Questions about Panic Disorder."

This Way Up: "Panicked."

Paul Nestadt, MD, supervising psychiatrist, Johns Hopkins Hospital Anxiety Disorders Clinic, Johns Hopkins Medical Institution.

University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine: "Panic Disorder."

Anxiety and Depression Society of America: "Generalized Anxiety Disorder."

American Cancer Society: "Anxiety, Fear, and Depression."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Panic Disorder."

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: "Am I having a panic attack or a heart attack?"

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 12, 2017

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