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Panic Disorder

Alternate Names : Panic Attacks, Acute Panic Attacks

Panic Disorder | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

How is the condition diagnosed?

Chest pain, shortness of breath, nausea, and dizziness can be symptoms of heart attack, as well as symptoms of panic disorder. Many people go to the emergency department thinking they are having a heart attack, only to find out that they are having a panic attack instead. But, before a healthcare provider can diagnose a panic disorder, tests must be done to rule out heart problems. A panic disorder is diagnosed when a person has:

  • four or more panic attacks in one month, or one panic attack followed by a month of fear of having another attack
  • at least four of the symptoms listed above

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    Panic Disorder: Prevention & Expectations

    Author: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
    Reviewer: Vincent J. Toups, MD
    Date Reviewed: 05/07/01

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