Types of Anxiety/Stress Disorders

Panic Attack/Panic Disorder

A panic attack is identified by a sudden episode of acute apprehension or intense fear that occurs without any apparent cause.

The intensity of the panic often lasts for no more than a few minutes but may return in short bursts for a period up to a couple hours.

Panic disorder includes having 2 or more panic attacks and at least one month of persistent concern about having another, after an initial attack. This apprehension about future attacks is what often characterizes panic disorder.

About 5% of the population suffer from panic attacks, less with panic disorder.

Symptoms of panic may include (minimum of 4 qualifies a full blown panic attack):

  • Sweating
  • Shaking or trembling
  • Dizziness or feeling faint
  • Shortness of breath or choking
  • Accelerated heart rate or pounding heart
  • Nausea
  • Numbness or tingling in hands or feet
  • Chest pain or tightness
  • Hot or cold flshes
  • Fear of losing control or “going crazy”
  • Fear of dying

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