Panic disorder is characterized by recurring panic attacks, in which a person feels extreme physical anxiety that can last several minutes. Symptoms of a panic attack include shortness of breath and visual disorientation. Many times, people don’t realize they’re having a panic attack, and will show up at the doctor’s office thinking they’re very ill. Panic disorder typically develops in late adolescence or early adulthood, but not everyone who experiences panic attacks will develop panic disorder. Many people have just one attack and never have another.

If you think you’re having panic attacks, it’s important to talk to a counselor. This type of anxiety is treatable and manageable, you just have to take that first step to find help.

Symptoms of Panic Disorder:

  • Intense fear, feelings of dread or belief that you are going to die
  • Racing heart and chest pain
  • Not being able to breathe, sensation of choking
  • Dizziness
  • Sweating, chills or hot flashes
  • Shaking and trembling
  • Nausea or stomachache
  • Trouble breathing
  • Tingling or numbness in the fingers and toes

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