How Do I Know if I'm Having a Panic Attack?
by Mark Sichel, LCSW
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association is the guide therapists use to diagnose a specific mental problem.
According to this book, the following signs and symptoms are indicative of a panic attack:
- Sudden onset, it hits from "out of the blue"
- A feeling of great danger, impending doom and a wish to run are common accompaniments
- A feeling of going crazy or having a serious medical illness like a heart attack
- A feeling that you are about to die or lose control
- Experiencing at least 4 of 13 identified physical symptoms.
For an assessment of your symptoms, please check each box below next to a symptom you are experiencing. When you are finished, please press submit for your results: