Panic disorder includes regular recurrent panic attacks, which can happen at least once/week. A panic attack is an increase in the intense feelings of fear or discomfort, usually lasting about 20 minutes, and occurs from a calm or anxious state. Panic disorder is much less common among children who have not reached puberty in comparison to adolescents8. Individuals often visit the ER in such situations, not realizing they may be experiencing a panic disorder associated with the symptoms listed below.
- Pounding heart.
- Trembling or shaking.
- Feelings of shortness of breath.
- Feelings of choking.
- Chest pain or discomfort.
- Nausea or abdominal distress.
- Feeling dizzy, unsteady, faint, or light-headed.
- Chills or heat sensations.
- Numbness or tingling sensation.
- Feelings of unreality or being detached from themself.
- Fear of losing control or “going crazy.”
- Fear of dying.