• Panic Attacks Similar Conditions

Similar Conditions

Some conditions which are more or less similar to Panic attacks are:

Heart Attack

  • The initial confusion between Panic attacks and Heart attacks occurs mostly due to similar symptoms like palpitations, breathlessness, sweating, etc.
  • A well taken medical history supported by appropriate investigative tests help to establish the right diagnosis.

Post traumatic Stress Disorder

  • It develops after person has witnessed some grave and unfortunate event leading to severe mental trauma.
  • Symptoms include disturbing images, memories or flashbacks of the traumatic episode with a sense of fear.

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)

  • In this condition, constant intrusive thoughts of defective appearance of one's own body are present like crooked nose, defective smile, etc. although the pervasive flaw may not exist altogether.
  • These thoughts cause inferiority complex and can mimic Panic attacks in long run.

Impulse Control Disorders

  • In this disorder, patient experiences failure to resist any temptation or urge that could harm the self or others.
  • Impulsive skin picking to the point of injury, pulling own hair, and even urge to start fires come under this term.
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