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Panic Disorder | Dr. William Winter is a child and adolescent psychiatrist.
Will Winter, MD, FAAP
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A panic attack is when you have a sudden onset of multiple physical symptoms, i.e. rapid heart beat, shortness of breath, sweating, tremor accompanied by a sense of loss of control or possibly even fear of death. If you have these physical symptoms you should first be checked out by your general practitioner to rule out a possible physical reason to explain them.

Only after all medical possibilities are ruled out is the diagnosis of panic disorder considered.

Panic attacks are not uncommon.  They happen when anxiety suddenly builds up and you are overwhelmed.  This can happen at any time, i.e. at work or even while simply walking down the street.  When you experience a panic attack, you may feel "crazy" - but, rest assured, you are not. 

To help you, it would be useful to review when you had panic attacks and try to connect what you were thinking about at those times.  Compiling a list of stressors in general is helpful.  That way, we can see what it is that must be addressed and start doing it.

How stress works
It is additive, not multiplicative (although it may feel like it).  Some stressors carry more weight than others.  Once you have them listed, one by one you can start to eradicate them.  If there are some that cannot be fixed, then it is a question of figuring out how to deal with them.

This is done with therapy.  Specifically, CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) is useful.  Also, relaxation exercises/ hypnosis can be very helpful.

Medication may be indicated.  A psychiatric evaluation will be helpful to answer diagnostic and treatment questions.