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Panic attack

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 »

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Panic attack: Complications

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Causes of Panic attack

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Disease Topics Related To Panic attack

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Panic attack: Undiagnosed Conditions

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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 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, 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 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 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 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' 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 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 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 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 more »

Undiagnosed anxiety disorders related to depression: Patients with depression (see symptoms of depression) may also have undiagnosed anxiety disorders ( 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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