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What are the symptoms of panic disorder in veterans?

The symptoms of panic disorder in veterans (as well as the general public) include: 
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Choking or the feeling of being about to choke
  • Feeling a need to escape
  • Rapid heart and pulse rate
  • Sweating
  • Dizziness
  • Trembling
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Lightheadedness
  • Fear of losing control
  • Fear of dying
The sudden onset of these symptoms is called a panic attack. Panic attacks can last anywhere from 5 minutes to 30 minutes. They can lead to being afraid of fear itself, and constantly worrying about when the next attack will come. Veterans with panic disorder often suffer panic attacks when in crowds, driving, in an enclosed space (like an elevator), or alone away from home (also called agoraphobia).

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