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Symptoms of Severe Anxiety and Panic

Topic Overview

Symptoms of severe anxiety and panic linked 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 trouble 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.

Credits

By Healthwise Staff
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
Last Revised June 13, 2013

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