A panic attack is a period of intense fear or discomfort, typically with an abrupt onset and usually lasting no more than thirty minutes. Symptoms include trembling, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, sweating, nausea, dizziness, hyperventilation, paresthesias (tingling sensations), and sensations of choking or smothering. The disorder is strikingly different from other types of anxiety, in that panic attacks are very sudden, appear to be unprovoked, and are often disabling.

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Panic attacks Symptoms

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Signs and symptoms
... A panic attack often begins abruptly, peaks within 10 minutes and lasts about half an hour. But panic attacks have many variations. They may last hours or, on rare occasions, up to a day. You may feel...
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Causes
... Researchers aren''t sure what causes panic attacks. Heredity, stress and certain biochemical factors may play a role. Your chance of having panic attacks increases if you have a close family member wh...
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Panic attacks Treatment

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Complications
... Panic disorder can become debilitating and destructive. Fear of recurrent attacks can lead you to adopt avoidance behavior — avoiding what most people consider to be normal situations, such as g...
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Treatment
... Treatment for panic attacks and panic disorder is very effective. The outlook is good if you seek help, and most people are able to resume everyday activities. Treatment may involve: Medications. Your...
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Panic attacks Support

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Coping skills
... Relaxation Learning how to relax may help you head off a panic attack. You can learn to relax through a variety of techniques, such as meditation, muscle relaxation, relaxed breathing and guided image...
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Panic attacks Other

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Overview
... It can happen anytime, anywhere. When you''re alone. With others. At home. In public. Wakening you from a sound sleep. Suddenly, your heart begins to race, your face flushes and you experience shortne...
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