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A panic attack is a sudden and severe episode of anxiety along with physical symptoms like sweating, shaking, and shortness of breath. During a panic attack, you may feel like you are having a heart attack or that you cannot breathe. A panic attack may last 5–10 minutes. These attacks may come on suddenly without any obvious cause and then pass. It is important to know that you can learn ways to manage panic attacks.
If you have frequent panic attacks, you may have a panic disorder. Part of having a panic disorder is being constantly afraid of having another panic attack. Sometimes medicines may be used to treat panic attacks or panic disorder in teens.
To be diagnosed with panic attacks, you must have at least four of the following physical or emotional symptoms, and they must start suddenly.
Eating and drinking
A mental health care provider, like a psychologist or psychiatrist, can help you learn the skills to manage panic attacks.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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