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TitlePart a 18 Panic Attack
TagsPanic Attack Panic Disorder Anxiety Psychology & Cognitive Science Psychological Concepts
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A panic attack is a brief episode of intense anxiety, which causes the physical

sensations of fear.


Symptoms of a panic attack can include:

• Heightened vigilance for danger and physical symptoms
• Anxious and irrational thinking
• A strong feeling of dread, danger or foreboding
• Fear of going mad, losing control or dying
• Feeling lightheaded and dizzy
• Tingling and chills, particularly in the arms and hands
• Trembling or shaking, sweating
• Hot flushes
• Accelerated heart rate
• A feeling of constriction in the chest
• Breathing difficulties, including shortness of breath
• Nausea or abdominal distress
• Tense muscles
• Dry mouth
• Feelings of unreality and detachment from the environment.

Panic attacks are common. Up to 35 per cent of the population experience a panic

attack at some time in their lives.

A panic attack can also be called an anxiety attack.

Without treatment, frequent and prolonged panic attacks can be severely disabling.

The person may choose to avoid a wide range of situations (such as leaving their

home or being alone) for fear of experiencing an attack.

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