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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.
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.)
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