Panic Attack: Overview

A panic attack is an episode of severe anxiety due to social anxiety or other irrational fears. Milder cases are often called an anxiety attack, but the two terms basically refer to the same condition. A panic attack can bring on extreme physical symptoms, such as chest pain, rapid breathing (hyperventilation), shaking, and similar symptoms of fear and adrenalin rush. It is not uncommon for a panic attack to be mistaken for a heart attack, with the person presenting at emergency with severe agitation.

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