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January 28, 2018

You have a sudden sense of impending doom together with uncontrollable anxiety.  Your chest feels tight, your heart starts pounding, you are dizzy, have shortness of breath and nausea.   You may interpret these symptoms as signs of a heart attack or fear you are dying.  You make late night calls to the doctor and visit the emergency room.  Often the test results reveal nothing.  You may however have had a panic attack.  By educating yourself about panic attack symptoms you can decrease those fearful thoughts and begin to gain control of your problem.

Recognizing the symptoms

An abrupt surge of intense fear or intense discomfort that reaches a peak within minutes, and during which time four (or more) of the following symptoms occur according to DSM-V:

  • Palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate

  • Sweating

  • Trembling or shaking

  • Sensations of shortness of breath or smothering

  • Feelings of choking

  • Chest pain or discomfort

  • ...
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