Fast Five Quiz: Holidays and Mental Health

Stephen Soreff, MD

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December 14, 2020

Panic attacks are defined as a period of intense fear in which four of the 13 following symptoms develop abruptly and peak rapidly, less than 10 minutes from symptom onset:

  • Palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate

  • Sweating

  • Trembling or shaking

  • Sense of shortness of breath or smothering

  • Feeling of choking

  • Chest pain or discomfort

  • Nausea or abdominal distress

  • Feeling dizzy, unsteady, lightheaded, or faint

  • Derealization or depersonalization (feeling detached from oneself)

  • Fear of losing control or going crazy

  • Fear of dying

  • Numbness or tingling sensations

  • Chills or hot flashes

During the episode, patients have the urge to flee or escape and have a sense of impending doom (as though they are dying from a heart attack or suffocation).

Read more about panic disorder.

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