Panic attack: Introduction
A panic attack is a sudden episode of unreasoning fear or panic.
Many attacks cause such severe physical symptoms that people
go to the emergency room thinking that they are dying
or having a heart attack.
A single panic attack does not necessarily warrant the
diagnosis of panic disorder.
Panic attacks can also occur in other anxiety disorders such as phobias,
in which case the diagnosis is probably not panic disorder.
A panic attack feels very severe with both physical and mental symptoms.
Thought descriptions include feeling you're "losing control",
"going crazy", "losing my mind", or "going to die".
Physical symptoms include chest pain, sweating, breathlessness, faintness/dizziness
and various other symptoms.
Despite its severity, you cannot die, lose control or go crazy from a panic attack
(unless you already have some other underlying disorder or medical condition). ...more »
Symptoms of Panic attack
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- General descriptions of how a panic attack feels (or common thoughts during a panic attack):
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Misdiagnosis and Panic attack
Common asymptomatic heart disorder can cause anxiety-like conditions: Anxiety symptoms may be due to heart disorder - There is a reasonably
common heart disorder called ...read more »
Rare cancer hidden cause of panic symptoms: The rare cancer pheochromocytoma, an adrenal tumor, can initially
have symptoms similar to panic disorder.
Its symptoms may include anxiety, panic,...read more »
Thyroid disorder misdiagnosed as anxiety disorder: The book "A Dose of Sanity" reports on a case
where as woman was diagnosed with panic disorder, and had been taking
a variety of anti-anxiety medications.
She was correctly...read more »
Undiagnosed stroke leads to misdiagnosed aphasia: BBC News UK reported on a man who
had been institutionalized and treated for mental illness
because he suffered from sudden inability to speak....read more »
Heart attack can be over-diagnosed: Although heart attack is often undiagnosed,
leading to fatality, it can also be over-diagnosed.
People become concerned that a condition...read more »
Dementia may be a drug interaction: A common scenario in aged care is for
a patient to show mental decline to dementia.
Whereas this can, of course, occur due to various medical conditions,
such as a stroke or Alzheimer's...read more »
ADHD under-diagnosed in adults: Although the over-diagnoses of ADHD
in children is a well-known controversy, the reverse side related to adults.
Some adults can remain undiagnosed, and indeed the condition has usually...read more »
Bipolar disorder misdiagosed as various conditions by primary physicians: Bipolar disorder (manic-depressive disorder)
often fails to be diagnosed correctly by primary care physicians.
Many patients with bipolar seek help from their...read more »
Eating disorders under-diagnosed in men: The typical patient with
an eating disorder is female.
The result is that men with eating disorders often fail to be diagnosed or
have a delayed diagnosis.
See ...read more »
Depression undiagnosed in teenagers: Serious bouts of depression can be
undiagnosed in teenagers.
The "normal" moodiness of teenagers can cause severe medical depression
to be overlooked.
See misdiagnosis of depression...read more »
Undiagnosed anxiety disorders related to depression: Patients with depression (see symptoms of depression)
may also have undiagnosed anxiety disorders (see...read more »
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Definitions of Panic attack:
Specific psychological phenomenon characterized by sudden onset of anxiety (often unrelated to objective events), accompanied by autonomic symptoms such as tachycardia, paresthesia, flushing, and sweating.
- (Source - Diseases Database)
A sudden attack of fear
- (Source - WordNet 2.1)
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