STEP 1: Check out all physical symptoms

This section identifies all the major physical problems that can produce paniclike symptoms. By no means should you use this section (or any other in this guide) for self-diagnosis. Only a physician has the resources to determine whether any of these disorders is the cause of your discomfort and to advise you of your treatment options.

panic attacks, panic attack

Don't Panic, Chapter 2. Physical Causes of Paniclike Symptoms


Don't Panic, Chapter 4. Agoraphobia and the Panic-Prone Personality


Don't Panic, Chapter 5. Four Complicating Problems


Don't Panic, Chapter 6. Panic in the Context of Heart and Lung Disorders

Physical disorders with paniclike symptoms
Rapid or irregular heartbeat
Chest pain
Difficulty breathing
Dizziness and vertigo
Multiple symptoms
Side effects of medications