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Panic Attacks: Common Causes And When To See A Doctor

Find answers to commonly asked questions about panic attacks.

What is a Panic Attack?

A panic attack is an abrupt onset of intense sometimes crippling fear or discomfort which will intensify within minutes. You will experience some of the following symptoms, a pounding heart, sweating, trembling, shaking, accelerated heart rate and palpitations

Panic Attack Facts - 

Panic attacks usually occur between the ages of 15 and 25.


There can be various reasons for the development of panic attacks and determining the exact cause is essential to obtain proper treatment.


Panic attacks are fairly common. Most adults have experienced one at some point in their life. Women are twice as likely as men to experience one.

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Frequently asked questions

What causes a panic attack?

Intense stress may trigger a panic attack. Also a medical or physical conditions could bring on a panic attack.

Are panic attacks a sign of a mental health problem?

Many people experience a panic attack at sometime in their life and in itself, it is not a mental health issue. However panic attacks can be severe and recurrent and can be a symptom of anxiety or panic disorder. If you experience frequent panic attacks you should consult a doctor.