T7 – 2.1 What is Panic Disorder?

What is Panic Disorder?

Criterion A: Recurrent, unexpected, abrupt surge of intense fear/discomfort that reaches a peak within minutes, and during which time 4 or more of the following symptoms occur:

  1. Palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate.
  2. Sweating.
  3. Trembling/shaking.
  4. Sensations of shortness of breath or smothering.
  5. Feelings of choking.
  6. Chest pain/discomfort.
  7. Nausea/abdominal distress.
  8. Feeling dizzy, unsteady, light-headed, or faint.
  9. Chills or heat sensations.
  10. Paresthesias (numbness or tingling sensations).
  11. Derealization (feelings of unreality) or depersonalization (being detached from one-self).
  12. Fear of losing control or “going crazy”.
  13. Fear of dying.
(APA, 2022)