Panic

    A woman pushes back hair, appearing to be very stressedPanic disorder is an anxiety disorder and is characterized by unexpected and
    repeated episodes of intense fear accompanied by physical symptoms that may
    include chest pain, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness, or
    abdominal distress.

    Signs & Symptoms

    People with panic disorder have feelings of terror that strike suddenly and
    repeatedly with no warning. During a panic attack, most likely your heart will
    pound and you may feel sweaty, weak, faint, or dizzy. Your hands may tingle or
    feel numb, and you might feel flushed or chilled. You may have nausea, chest
    pain or smothering sensations, a sense of unreality, or fear of impending doom
    or loss of control.

    Treatment

    Effective treatments for panic disorder are available, and research is
    yielding new, improved therapies that can help most people with panic disorder
    and other anxiety disorders lead productive, fulfilling lives.

    Getting Help: Locate Services

    Locate mental health services in your area, affordable healthcare, NIMH
    clinical trials, and listings of professionals and organizations.

    Related Information

    • Information about medications
    • Panic Disorder Information and Organizations from NLM‘s MedlinePlus (en Español)
    • Some mental illnesses also carry an increased risk for suicide.

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