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DSM-IV Diagnostic Criteria for Panic Attack

A discrete period of intense fear or discomfort, in which four (or more) of the following symptoms developed abruptly and reached a peak within 10 minutes:

1) palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate

2) sweating

3) trembling or shaking

4) sensations of shortness of breath or smothering

5) feeling of choking

6) chest pain or discomfort

7) nausea or abdominal distress

8) feeling dizzy, unsteady, lightheaded, or faint

9) derealization (feelings of unreality) or depersonalization (being detached from oneself)

10) fear of losing control or going crazy

11) fear of dying

12) paresthesias (numbness or tingling sensations)

13) chills or hot flushes

 

Related Criteria

DSM-IV Diagnostic Criteria for Agoraphobia

DSM-IV Diagnostic Criteria for Panic Disorder With or Without Agoraphobia

DSM-IV Diagnostic Criteria for Anorexia Nervosa

DSM-IV Diagnostic Criteria for Bulimia Nervosa

DSM-IV Diagnostic Criteria for Major Depressive Episode

DSM-IV Diagnostic Criteria for Alcohol Abuse

DSM-IV Diagnostic Criteria for Alcohol Dependence

References:

  1. DSM-IV. American Psychiatric Association. (1994). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th ed.). Washington, DC.

This material was taken from the DSM-IV. It is intended for educational purposes only.

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Created: March 8, 2005
Last Modified: 10/17/2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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