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Is there a specific medical meaning of panic attack?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry 37 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 58 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.
Last updated Sep 28, 2016
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