Signs of..

Struggling with mental health is common. The earlier you get treatment the easier it will be to get better. See below for signs and descriptions of panic.

Panic

Panic and related disorders can cause major problems when it comes to fulfilling responsibilities and living a normal life. If you think you have difficulties with panic, you are probably right. 

Signs of a Panic Disorder

  • Unexpected panic attacks (see below for a description of a panic attack)

  • Concern that another panic attack might occur

  • Avoiding certain things or places in order to avoid having panic attacks

A panic attack is a period of intense fear and discomfort that reaches a peak within minutes, during which time four (or more) of the following take place:

  • Pounding/accelerated heartbeat

  • Sweating

  • Trembling/shaking

  • Shortness of breath

  • Fear of dying

  • Feeling like you can’t breathe

  • Chest pain/discomfort

  • Nausea or abdominal distress

  • Feeling dizzy, unsteady, light-headed

  • Chills or heat sensations

  • Numbness or tingling feelings in body

  • Feeling like you are detached from yourself or not in reality

  • Feelings of fear that you are losing control or “going crazy“

Reference

American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing. 

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