Symptoms of panic disorder often begin to appear in teens and young adults under the age of 25. If you have had four or more panic attacks, or you live in fear of having another panic attack after experiencing one, you may have a panic disorder.
Panic attacks produce intense fear that begins suddenly, often with no warning. An attack typically lasts for 10 to 20 minutes, but in extreme cases, symptoms may last for more than an hour. The experience is different for everyone, and symptoms often vary.
Common symptoms associated with a panic attack include:
racing heartbeat or palpitations
shortness of breath
feeling like you are choking
sweating or chills
shaking or trembling
changes in mental state, including a feeling of derealization (feeling of unreality) or depersonalization (being detached from oneself)
numbness or tingling in your hands or feet
chest pain or tightness
fear that you might die
The symptoms of a panic attack often occur for no clear reason. Typically, the symptoms are not proportionate to the level of danger that exists in the environment. Because these attacks can’t be predicted, they can significantly affect your functioning.
Fear of a panic attack or recalling a panic attack can result in another attack.