What Are Panic Disorder Symptoms?

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  • October 2, 2022

A panic attack is a sudden strong feeling of fear that can happen anywhere, at any time. You’ll have four or more of these signs:

- A sense of approaching danger

- Pounding or fast heartbeat

- Sweating

- Trembling or shaking

- Shortness of breath or a feeling of being smothered

- Throat tightness

- Cramps in your belly

- Headache

- A choking feeling

- Chest pain

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- Nausea or stomach pains

- Feeling dizzy or faint

- Chills or hot flashes

- Numbness or tingling

- Feeling unreal or detached

- A fear of losing control or going crazy

- A fear of dying

An attack usually passes in 5 to 10 minutes, but it can linger for hours. It can feel like you’re having a heart attack or a stroke. So people with panic attacks often wind up in the emergency room for evaluation.

Many people with panic disorder relate an attack to what they were doing when it happened. They may think the restaurant, elevator, or classroom caused the attack. Then they'll avoid those places. That may lead to something called agoraphobia, the fear of leaving home or being in public places.

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If you feel like you're having a panic attack, see your doctor right away. They aren’t dangerous, but they can get worse without treatment. Also keep in mind that symptoms of a panic attack are similar to those for more serious conditions. If you're not sure if what you're having is a panic attack, call your doctor, just to be safe.

This article is taken from https://www.webmd.com/

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