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Monday, September 20, 2010

What is Panic Disorder?

Panic Disorder is an anxiety disorder characterized by unexpected and repeated episodes of intense fear accompanied by physical symptoms that may include chest pain, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, or abdominal distress.

Signs and symptoms:

People with panic attacks have feelings of terror that strike suddenly and repeated without warning. During a panic attack, most likely your heart will pound and you may feel sweaty, weak, faint or dizzy. Your hands may tingle or feel numb, and you may feel flushed or chilled. You may have nausea, chest pain, smothering sensations, a sense of unreality or fear of impending doom or loss of control.

Getting help:

Effective treatments of Panic Disorder are available and you don't have to live with this disorder.

If you or someone you know are struggling with Panic Disorder, call us at Central Florida Mental Health Associates at 386.736.9165 for a free phone consultation. We can help.

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