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
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).
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