Panic Disorder - Symptoms

People with panic disorder usually have their first attack in their twenties. Specialists define a panic attack as an event with any four of the following symptoms:

  • Pounding, skipping, or fluttering heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath or a sense of being smothered
  • Dizziness or light-headedness
  • Nausea or stomach problems
  • Chest pains or pressure on the chest
  • Choking sensation or a "lump in the throat"
  • Chills or hot flashes
  • Sweating
  • Fear of dying
  • Feelings of unreality
  • Feelings of tingling or numbness
  • Shaking and trembling
  • Fear of losing control or going crazy

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