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Panic Attack Symptoms

This panic attack symptoms checklist was developed by the American Psychiatric Association (APA). See the APA's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) for more information.

Panic Attack Symptoms:

  • A sense of imminent danger or impending doom
  • An urge to escape and urgent desire to flee
  • Palpitations
  • Sweating
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Sensations of shortness of breath or smothering
  • Feeling of choking
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Nausea or abdominal distress or lightheadedness
  • Derealization or depersonalization
  • Fear of losing control or "going crazy"
  • Fear of dying
  • Parathesias (a burning or prickling sensation that is usually felt in the hands, arms, legs, or feet, but can also occur in other parts of the body)
  • Chills or hot flushes
  • Blushing (in social or performance anxiety situations)

Panic attack symptoms can co-occur with a variety of mental disorders - not just anxiety disorders. Panic attack can be listed as a specifier for any of the DSM-5 disorders.

See the Panic​ Attack article for the key diagnostic criteria and more information.