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What is a panic attack? 

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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Panic

Sudden onset of apprehension and fear, accompanied by physical symptom as sweating, dizziness, heart racing, rapid breathing, sense of urgency, etc.
No clear trigger can be identified.

In brief: Panic

Sudden onset of apprehension and fear, accompanied by physical symptom as sweating, dizziness, heart racing, rapid breathing, sense of urgency, etc.
No clear trigger can be identified.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. MANOHAR CHENCHUGALLA
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Sudden Fear

Panic attacks involve sudden episodes of fear, anxiety, or extreme discomfort accompanied by 4 or more associated cognitive issues (deficits in flexibility, planning, attention, concentration, working memory, problem solving, reinforcement learning and verbal fluency) or autonomic symptoms(salivation, constipation, urinary incontinence, low BP and sexual dysfunction).
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In brief: Sudden Fear

Panic attacks involve sudden episodes of fear, anxiety, or extreme discomfort accompanied by 4 or more associated cognitive issues (deficits in flexibility, planning, attention, concentration, working memory, problem solving, reinforcement learning and verbal fluency) or autonomic symptoms(salivation, constipation, urinary incontinence, low BP and sexual dysfunction).
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Dr. MANOHAR CHENCHUGALLA
Dr. MANOHAR CHENCHUGALLA
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry

In brief: Panic attacks may

Develop rapidly w sxs of: anxiety; rapid, pounding heart beat; chest tightness/pain; shortness of breath w hyperventilation; hot or cold flashes; sense of butterflies in stomach, nausea or vomiting; tingling of mouth or extremities; ^ sweating; feeling faint or lightheaded; headache or shaking, difficulty swallowing or tight throat; a sense that you aren't real or that the world around you is.

In brief: Panic attacks may

Develop rapidly w sxs of: anxiety; rapid, pounding heart beat; chest tightness/pain; shortness of breath w hyperventilation; hot or cold flashes; sense of butterflies in stomach, nausea or vomiting; tingling of mouth or extremities; ^ sweating; feeling faint or lightheaded; headache or shaking, difficulty swallowing or tight throat; a sense that you aren't real or that the world around you is.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
surreal. You may be afraid you're going crazy or that you'll die. Panic attacks usually peak w/i 10 mins & than v, but can leave you exhausted or w residual anxiety.
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