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Panic Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Panic. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had panic?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. What symptoms of panic do you have?

    Why: Panic is an intense fear or terror. As a symptom it usually refers to unreasonable fear often with the belief that "something bad is going to happen". A common symptom is the "desire to flee" which is the normal human flight-or-fight response related to the body's production of the hormone adrenaline in response to fear.

  3. Are the feelings of panic related to specific predictable situations or objects?

    Why: would suggest a phobic disorder.

  4. How much are you troubled by the panic?

    Why: e.g. ranging from 0-10 with 0 being "hardly at all" to 10 being "very severely troubled".

  5. Do you avoid the situation that causes symptoms and become anxious when you anticipate confronting the situation?

    Why: would suggest phobic disorder.

  6. How would you explain your personality?

    Why: e.g. people who suffer from social phobia are often shy and self-conscious even before the fears first started.

  7. What are your stressors at the moment?

    Why: questions specifically about relationship, family, children, social support, occupation, general physical health and financial stresses. Stress related to lifestyle, especially marital and family disharmony may be associated with panic.

  8. Medications?

    Why: e.g. certain slimming pills may cause or aggravate panic.

  9. Family history?

    Why: e.g. anxiety, panic attacks, depression.

  10. Alcohol use?

    Why: Alcohol abuse and alcohol withdrawal may cause or aggravate panic.

  11. Illicit drug use?

    Why: Panic may be associated with drug abuse e.g. amphetamine or marihuana intoxication may trigger a panic attack.

  12. Symptoms of panic attacks or panic disorder?

    Why: e.g. sudden, unexpected, short-lived episodes of intense anxiety, shortness of breath, dizziness, palpitations, trembling, sweating, choking, nausea and fear of dying. May be followed by at least one month of persistent fear of having another attack, fear of going crazy or of doing something uncontrolled. There must be few symptoms of anxiety between the panic attacks, although anxiety in anticipation of further panic attacks is common.

  13. Agorophobia?

    Why: Panic attacks may sometimes, but not always lead to agoraphobic avoidance of situations in which escape may be difficult or embarrassing, or in which help may not be immediately available. Thus panic disorder may be classified as being with, or without agorophobia.

  14. Symptoms of anxiety disorder?

    Why: e.g. excessive anxiety, fearful anticipation and worry about various life circumstances not related to a specific activity, time or event such as trauma, obsessions or phobias. Occasional panic attacks can also occur with an anxiety disorder.

  15. Symptoms of depression?

    Why: e.g. depressed mood, crying spells, anhedonia (loss of interest or pleasure), increase or decrease in appetite (usually decreased), weight loss or gain, insomnia or increased sleeping (usually early morning waking), fatigue, loss of energy, feelings of worthlessness, feelings of excessive guilt, poor concentration, difficulty making decisions, low libido, thoughts of death or suicide attempt. Occasional panic attacks can also occur in the context of a depressive disorder. In other cases depression may be secondary to a panic disorder (i.e. the experience of the panic disorder leads the person to become depressed).

  16. Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder?

    Why: e.g. symptoms follow exposure to an unusual stress such as a battle, being attacked or raped or a natural disaster. Symptoms include recurrent and intrusive recollections of the stress, recurrent distressing dreams of the event, acting or feeling as if the event was recurring, intense distress on exposure to resembling events, persistent avoidance of events that symbolize or resemble the trauma, increased arousal symptoms such as insomnia, exaggerated startle response, poor concentration and moodiness.

  17. Symptoms of phaeochromocytoma?

    Why: e.g. episodic periods of headache, feelings of fear, palpitations, sweating, nausea, tremor, weight loss.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Panic:

The following list of conditions have 'Panic' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Panic:

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