Do You Have Panic Disorder?
Below are some questions for you to answer. Although this is not a substitute for talking with a mental health professional, you’ll get an idea if this is an area of concern.
A panic attack, also called an anxiety attack, is a discrete period of intense fear or discomfort, usually lasting about ten minutes, in which several of the symptoms are present: rapid heart rate, sweating, trembling, shortness of breath, choking sensations chest pain, dizziness, nausea, numbing or tingling sensations, chills or hot flashes, feelings of unreality, fear of losing control, or fear of dying. If you’ve experienced a panic attack, ask yourself:
Do you experience recurrent, unexpected panic attacks? By unexpected, we mean they seem to come from “out of the blue”?
Has at least one of these attacks been followed by a period of concern about having another panic attack?
Have you worried a great deal about the consequences of a panic attack? (“Am I having a heart attack? or “Am I going crazy?”)
Has your behavior changed since having the panic attack (for example, you stop going to a certain place where you had a panic attack)?
Do you Have Agoraphobia?
You can have panic disorder with or without agoraphobia. Here are some questions to ask yourself:
Do you experience anxiety in places or situations where escape may be difficulty or embarrassing would you have a panic attack?
Or, do you worry about whether or not help would be readily available if you had a panic attack?
Do you avoid these situations or endure them only with great distress?
For more information about Panic Disorder, visit the Anxiety Disorders Association of America.
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