A 34-year-old male asked:
Whats the difference between a panic attack and a anxiety attack?
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Dr. William Patterson answered
48 years experience in Psychiatry
Panic is anxiety: A panic attack is a sudden onset of anxiety with dizzziness, shortness of breath, fear and apprehension, depersonalization, sweating, palpitations, chest pain, etc. That can occur out of the blue or in a situation like a mall, crowd of people, etc. If you have these often and meet other criteria you may have panic disorder which is an anxiety disorder.
Answered on Nov 8, 2014
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