About Panic Attacks

A person who suddenly develops an extreme feeling of fear and dread -- often for no apparent reason -- may be having a panic attack. Other common symptoms include:
 
  • Pounding heart
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea.
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People who have repeated panic attacks may have a medical condition called panic disorder. In many cases, a person will visit the emergency room repeatedly, often because they think they are having a heart attack, or see several doctors before obtaining a correct diagnosis.
 
Cognitive behavioral therapy, medications, or a combination of the two are often used to treat panic disorder.
 
(Click Panic Attacks to learn more about this topic, including information on how panic disorder is diagnosed.)
 

About Panic Attacks

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