Key Facts About Panic Attacks Everyone Should Know

May 23, 2024

1. Panic attacks can happen at any time, without warning, as the result of being subjected to a scare or for seemingly no reason.

2. Symptoms of a panic attack may include chest pain, a racing heart, sweating, chills, trembling, dizziness, nausea, numbness, and a sense of danger or impending doom.

3. A diagnosis of panic disorder may happen when panic attacks are frequent and unexpected and are accompanied by an intense worry about future occurrences that can lead to avoidance of places and activities associated with panic attacks in the past.

Sources: American Psychological Association. (2022) Panic Disorder: Answers to your most important questions. | Mayo Clinic. (2018) Panic attacks and panic disorder.

Where to Find Help:

If you or a loved one is struggling with panic attacks or panic disorder, these organizations may provide assistance:

—Melissa Fiorenza