Panic Disorder


According to the National Institute of Mental Health, Panic Disorder is a "chronic, devastating mental illness that affects
between 3 and 6 million adult Americans, severely restricting and impairing work, family and social relationships."

The American Psychiatric Association describes a panic attack as " A discrete period of intense fear or discomfort in which
four (or more) of the following symptoms develop abruptly and reach a peak within 10 minutes. The attacks are often
accompanied by a sense of imminent danger or impending doom and urge to escape."

 

 

Common symptoms of a panic attack:

1. Palpitations, pounding heart or accelerated heart rate
2. Sweating
3. Trembling or shaking
4. Sensation of shortness of breath or smothering
5. Feeling of choking
6. Chest pain or discomfort
7. Nausea or abdominal distress
8. Feeling dizzy, unsteady, lightheaded or faint
9. Feeling of unreality
10. Fear of losing control or going crazy
11. Fear of dying
12. Numbness or tingling sensation
13. Chills or hot flashes

 

 

If you have any of these symptoms, you may have Panic Disorder. Call Heidi Fitterling at (212) 543-1311 for more information or E-mail: fitterlh@child.cpmc.columbia.edu