Panic attacks are the main symptom of panic disorder (with or without agoraphobia). Such attacks can also occur with a variety of mental health and medical disorders. Many people describe panic attacks as a feeling of intense fear and apprehension accompanied by numerous physical sensations, such as chest pain, rapid heart rate, and shortness of breath. Given how frightening they can be at times, people who experience them are often afraid that they are going to go "crazy" or possibly die from a panic attack. These attacks typically come on suddenly and peak within 10 minutes. However, the anxiety caused by a panic attack can affect a person long after the attack has passed.
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