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What causes 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. Researchers aren’t sure what causes panic attacks or related mental disorder called panic disorder.

People who get panic attacks are more likely to also have phobias, or unfounded fear of places, things, or people.

Some believe there are ties between panic attacks and:

  • Depression
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Suicide risk
  • Seasonal affective disorder, a type of depression that happens in winter

From: What Are Panic Attacks? WebMD Medical Reference

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

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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