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A 34-year-old member asked:

is there a specific medical meaning of panic attack?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Yes: A panic attack involves the sudden onset of intense physical and cognitive symptoms of anxiety, such as rapid heart rate, sweaty palms, rapid breathing, dizziness, and a sense of impending doom.
Dr. Arthur Hoffman
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Yes and no: The ''yes'' is the description of the individual's subjective response of an overwhelming, acute sense of anxiety. The precipitant-vs. Cause-is social or more to the cause, interpersonal. Tho the''quick tx.'' is several week(s) of the ssri now available in generic form. Try paroxetine first. Do explain the noisome side effects. Ptht. Rel. Imp. If a switch to 2nd ssri, look to dev. Factor.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

Is there a medical explanation for why panic attacks happen?

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Dr. Arthur Hoffman
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Possibly: Certainly the pathological production of several hormones can lead to episodes of anxiety; however, if an excellent physical exam with appropriate lab exams comes up normal, then an equally expert psychiatric evaluation should be the next step. The underlying cause can go from circumstantial to complex - and to be considered toward the ''serious'' range.
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A 21-year-old male asked about a 28-year-old male:

My friend gets panic attacks when anything medical related comes up/if he feels something's wrong, but refuses to see a dr because he don't want pills?

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Dr. Austina Cho
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Doesn't have to take: He doesn't have to take pills in order to see a doctor. There are other treatments for these symptoms besides medicines including cognitive behavioral therapy, relaxation and meditation techniques.
A 47-year-old member asked:

I don't know if I am having panic attacks , or if I have a more serious medical issue?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Need evaluation: Differentiating panic attacks from other medical problems is possible through a careful medical evaluation with your primary care physician. S/he will take your full history, examine you, and do diagnostic tests including ekg and others. It's possible to have panic attacks and other medical problems -- and all would need treatment. Panic can be successfully treated with medications and therapy.
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A 16-year-old male asked:

I have panic attacks often. It feels like im dying. Got a full medical workup last year. How can I tell from panic attack or something serious?

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Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
If your doc: Has ruled out a medical condition please see a mental health professional who treats panic attacks. This is a treatable condition and there are lots of strategies available to help you. Peace and good health.

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