Anxiety Disorders

Frequently Asked Questions

18. What are the symptoms of panic disorder?

People with panic disorder experience marked attacks of fear. During an attack, they may sweat a lot, feel weak or faint, or feel dizzy. They may feel flush or chilled, and their hands may tingle or feel numb. They may also feel nauseous, have chest pain, or have difficulty breathing.

People with panic disorder also sometimes fear they are having a heart attack, losing their minds, or are about to die. They can't predict when an attack will occur, so they often worry intensely in between episodes and dread the next attack, causing even more anxiety.