Overview

Panic Attacks

A panic attack is a physical response to stress or anxiety. Symptoms of a panic attack may be similar to those felt during a heart attack, asthma attack or other medical crisis. If you are having a panic attack, you may experience some or many of these warning signs:

  • Shaking or trembling
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath or a smothering sensation
  • Tightness or pain in the chest
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Abdominal discomfort or nausea
  • Fear of losing control or “going crazy”
  • A sense that you’re dying
  • Numbness or tingling in the extremities
  • Chills or hot flashes
  • Perspiring or sweaty palms
  • Feelings of unreality or detachment from yourself or your environment
  • An urge to escape

If you experience these symptoms, it is important to get medical attention immediately to rule out an emergency medical condition.

The Stone Institute of Psychiatry offers treatments for a range of disorders, including:

Treatment options offered include: