Panic attack

Panic attacks are sudden periods of intense fear that may include palpitations, sweating, shaking, shortness of breath, numbness, or a feeling of impending doom. The maximum degree of symptoms... Wikipedia

  • Specialty:  Psychiatry
  • Symptoms:  Periods of intense fear, palpitations, sweating, shaking, shortness of breath, numbness
  • Usual onset:  Over minutes
  • Duration:  Seconds to hours
  • Causes:  Panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, drug use, depression, medical problems
  • Risk factors:  Smoking, psychological stress
  • Diagnostic method:  After other possible causes excluded
  • Differential diagnosis:  Hyperthyroidism, hyperparathyroidism, heart disease, lung disease, drug use, dysautonomia
  • Treatment:  Counselling, medications
  • Frequency:  3% (EU), 11% (US)
  • Data source:  DuckDuckGo
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