Symptoms of Severe Anxiety and Panic

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Symptoms of Severe Anxiety and Panic

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Symptoms of severe anxiety and panic associated with social anxiety disorder include:

  • Fast heart rate and fast breathing.
  • Sweating.
  • Nausea.
  • Trembling and feeling weak in the knees.
  • Being unable to move or run away.

Symptoms of panic include:

  • Feelings of terror or hopelessness.
  • Chest tightness or chest pain.
  • Severe difficulty breathing with a fear of choking.
  • Hot flashes or chills.
  • A sense of unreality (like being in a dream).
  • Fear of losing control or going crazy.
  • Fear of dying.

See the topic Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder for more information on symptoms of severe anxiety and panic.

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
Specialist Medical Reviewer Andrew Swan, MD, CCFP, FCFP - Family Medicine
Last Revised December 8, 2009

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