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A panic attack is the sudden onset of intense anxiety, characterized by feelings of intense fear and apprehension and accompanied by palpitations, shortness of breath, sweating, and trembling. Just about any symptom may be related with panic attacks and anxiety.
According to the American Psychological Association the symptoms of a panic attack commonly last approximately ten minutes. However, panic attacks can be as short as 1-5 minutes, while more severe panic attacks may form a cyclic series of episodes, lasting for an extended period, sometimes hours. Often those afflicted will experience significant anticipatory anxiety in between attacks and in situations where attacks have previously occurred. Reference: Wikipedia
You posted that you are on Lorazepam and that it helps. May I suggest that you speak with your physician about therapy and learning techniques to deal with the attacks as the medication is wonderful but it is not the long term best answer to controlling the attacks.
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Moderator Anxiety ~ Panic Disorders
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