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Checklist for panic attacks

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After our blog yesterday about panic attacks- here is a checklist to see if you suffer from panic attacks.

Are you troubled by the following?

Yes No

Repeated or unexpected “attacks” during which you suddenly are overcome by intense fear or discomfort for no apparent reason

If yes, during an attack did you experience any of these symptoms?

Yes No

Pounding heart

Yes No

Sweating

Yes No

Trembling or shaking

Yes No

Shortness of breath

Yes No

Choking

Yes No

Chest pain

Yes No

Nausea or abdominal discomfort

Yes No

"Jelly" legs

Yes No

Dizziness

Yes No

Fear of losing control or "going crazy"

Yes No

Fear of dying

Yes No

Numbness or tingling sensations

Yes No

Chills or hot flushes

As a result of these attacks, have you…

Yes No

experienced a fear of places or situations where getting help or escape might be difficult, such as in a crowd or on a bridge?

Yes No

felt unable to travel without a companion?

For at least one month following an attack, have you…

Yes No

felt persistent concern about having another one?

Yes No

worried about having a heart attack or “going crazy”?

Yes No

changed your behavior to accommodate the attack?

Having more than one illness at the same time can make it difficult to diagnose and treat the different conditions. Depression and substance abuse are among the conditions that occasionally complicate panic disorder.

Yes No

Have you experienced changes in sleeping or eating habits?

More days than not, do you feel…

Yes No

sad or depressed?

Yes No

disinterested in life?

Yes No

worthless or guilty?

During the last year, has the use of alcohol or drugs...

Yes No

resulted in your failure to fulfill responsibilities with work, school, or family?

Yes No

placed you in a dangerous situation, such as driving a car under the influence?

Yes No

gotten you arrested?

Yes No

continued despite causing problems for you or your loved ones?

Reference:
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition. Washington, DC, American Psychiatric Association, 1994.

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This blog is only for informational and educational purposes and should not be considered therapy or any form of treatment. We are not able to respond to specific questions or comments about personal situations, appropriate diagnosis or treatment, or otherwise provide any clinical opinions. If you think you need immediate assistance, call your local doctor/psychologist or psychiatrist or the SADAG Mental health Line on 011 234 4837. If necessary, please phone the Suicide Crisis Line on 0800 567 567 or sms 31393.