Panic Attack Specifier


According to the DSM-V here are the symptoms/specifiers of a Panic Attack-

A sudden rush of intense fear or discomfort that reaches it’s high within minutes, during which 4 or more of the following occur:

1- Palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate

2- Sweating

3- Trembling or shaking

4- Sensations of shortness of breath or smothering

5- Feelings of choking

6- Chest pain or discomfort

7- Nausea or abdominal distress

8- Feeling dizzy, unsteady, light-headed, or faint

9- Chills or heat sensations

10- Numbness or tingling sensations

11- Derealization (feelings of unreality) or depersonalization (being detached from oneself)

12- Fear of losing control or “going crazy”

13- Fear of dying

**Panic attacks are not a mental health disorder… on their own. They can occur in the context of any anxiety disorder as well as other mental disorders & some medical conditions.

There are 2 characteristic types of panic attacks:

Expected- known triggers or cues

Unexpected -no obvious trigger or cue, occurs “out of nowhere” or for no specific reason

*Recurrent unexpected panic attacks are required for panic disorder

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