Panic Attack

MedicineNet - Panic Attack Symptoms and Signs

Symptom Checker: Symptoms & Signs Index

Medical Author:

Panic attack symptoms come on suddenly and are unexpected. The symptoms can be severe and disabling, and those who experience panic attacks may lead to the development of irrational fears (phobias) of certain situations. Panic attack symptoms can be varied and may cause the sufferer to feel that death or a catastrophic event is imminent.

Racing heart (palpitations), chest pains, dizziness, difficulty breathing, trembling, stomach upset, hot flashes, chills, terror, altered perceptions, and nervousness are symptoms that are often reported. The symptoms of panic attack may mimic those of a physical illness, such as heart attack. The length of a panic attack can vary, but most attacks tend to last longer than 10 minutes.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/4/2013

Health concern on your mind? Visit the Symptom Checker.

REFERENCE:

Memon, Mohammed A. "Panic Disorder." Medscape.com. Nov. 11, 2013. <http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/287913-overview>.

Main Article on Panic Attack Symptoms and Signs
  • Panic Disorder Panic attacks are sudden feelings of terror that strike without warning. These episodes can occur at any time, even during sleep....learn more »
Panic Attack Symptoms and Signs
  • Altered Perceptions
  • Anxiety
  • Chest Pain
  • Chills
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Dreamlike Sensations
  • Fear
  • Hot Flashes
  • Nausea
  • Nervousness
  • Numbness or Tingling in the Hands
  • Racing Heart
  • Shaking
  • Stomach Upset
  • Terror
  • Tremors
Examples of Medications for Panic Attack Symptoms and Signs




Emotional Wellness

Get tips on therapy and treatment.