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Category: medically unexplained symptoms

Panic Disorder: The Benefits of Early Diagnosis

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The Natural Progression of Underdiagnosed Panic Disorder * Susan, a 29 year old married nurse, was shopping in a nearby mall when all of a sudden, “Out of the Blue” She felt woozy. The dizzy spell and heat waves swept over her and she feared she would “faint on the spot.” When her lips, suddenly, turned numb and a tingling sensation spread over her arms…

Constant Panic Attack Symptoms; “This Is Not A Panic Attack!”

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Every morning, even before you put one foot on the floor, that wave of lightheadedness and shallow breathing strikes again. The nagging, annoying shallow breathing and spacey feelings seem to linger on and off, all day.  You are desperately yearning for a break. You look forward to sleep as your only escape from the dreaded feelings. Even when you wake up in the middle of…

Physician Reassurance Backfires with Panic Disorder Patients

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As a panic disorder specialist, I take an active responsibility in helping my patients feel confident that their physical complaints have no organic etiology.  My day is filled with my patient’s reporting symptoms of heart palpitations, shortness of breath, chest pressure, rubbery legs, lightheaded feelings, inner trembling, numbness and tingling in the extremities, lump in the throat, knot in the stomach and head pressure, to…

Panic Attack Symptoms: A Lump in the Throat

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Could My Throat Pressure be a sign of Throat Cancer?  Charles*, a 34 year old divorced engineer, felt a sudden sensation of throat tightness and pressure, while watching TV on a Saturday Morning right before the holidays. He noticed the “lump in the throat” persisted all day.  Charles could not help his mind from traveling into health worry.  He thought, “It feels like a ball…

Why Do Panic Patients See So Many Medical Doctors?

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Panic patients are suddenly hit with a barrage of physical symptoms, “Out of the Blue”. When dizziness, heart pounding, shortness of breath, weakness, numbness in the hands and feet, and hot cold spells strike without apparent cause, panic sufferers frequently seek medical evaluations (emergency rooms, family doctors) to determine the cause. Ballenger (1987) states that 90% of panic sufferers believe they have a physical disorder….