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Panic Disorder or Panic Attacks

Panic attacks are a type of fear response. They're an exaggeration of your body's normal response to danger, stress or excitement. 

During a panic attack, physical symptoms can build up very quickly, often lasting between 5-20 minutes.


These can include:

  • a pounding or racing heartbeat

  • feeling faint, dizzy or light-headed

  • feeling very hot or very cold

  • sweating, trembling or shaking

  • nausea (feeling sick)

  • pain in your chest or abdomen

  • struggling to breathe or feeling like you're choking

  • feeling like your legs are shaky or are turning to jelly

  • feeling disconnected from your mind, body or surroundings, which are types of dissociation.

Panic attacks happen at different times for everyone, they may be triggered by particular places, situations or activities. For example, they might happen before a stressful appointment or event. Individuals with panic disorder may experience lots of panic attacks at unpredictable times, and there doesn't seem to be a particular trigger or cause. 

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