Panic Disorder Symptoms: Psychological Testing

Do you suffer from occasional periods of intense anxiety, with diaphoresis (intense sweating) and angina (chest pain)? Many people suffer from panic attacks and are not even aware of it; they tend to ignore the symptoms, because they only last about ten to fifteen minutes. Others will rush to the emergency room, because they think, they are having a myocardial infarction (heart attack). These symptoms are only the tip of the iceberg and they can become so severe over time that an individual will become more isolated.


Mental Testing

Panic disorders are one of those stubborn mental illnesses that can be very difficult to diagnose. Medical doctors and psychologists determine, whether or not an individual has panic disorder by a one-on-one interview and a medical evaluation. You must meet the approved criteria of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which was developed by the American Psychiatric Association. Specific symptoms must be present in order to meet the diagnostic criteria that is set aside for panic disorders.


Diagnostic Testing

Many physicians will order several diagnostic tests to rule out seizures, hypothyroidism, asthma, and cardiac diseases. Some diagnostic testing that your physician will most likely order, before trying to diagnose you with panic disorder include;

– EKG (Electrocardiogram Non-Invasive)

– TSH (Sensitive Measure Of Thyroid Function, Blood Test, Non-Invasive)

– EEG (Electroencephalography, Non-Invasive)

– HDL & LDL (Measures Bad & Good Cholesterol, Blood Test, Non-Invasive)

– CRP (C-Reactive Protein, Blood Test, Non-Invasive)

Once you are declared healthy, your physician will began to question, whether or not you have panic disorder.


Risk Factors

There are many risk factors that will increase the chances of someone developing panic attacks, at some point in their life. You may only fit one or two of the conditions or behaviors, but that is enough to put you at a higher risk.

– Hereditary (Family History)

– Experienced A Traumatic Event

– Big Five Personality Factors (Consistent Patterns Of Thoughts, Actions, & Feelings)

– Medical Conditions (PMS, Apnea, IBS, Migraines)

Make sure that you discuss these risk factors, with your physician, during the initial interview.


Signs & Symptoms

There are many signs and symptoms of panic disorders. In the beginning, you may only experience only a few of these symptoms, but over time the disorder will continue to progress to the point that you will need to seek medical attention.

– Dyspnea (Shortness Of Breath)

– Diaphoresis (Profuse Sweating)

– Heart Palpitations (Bounding Pulse)

– Angina (Chest Pain)

– Hot Flashes

– Nausea

– Intense Fear

– Paresthesia (Tingling Sensation, Noted Mostly In Tips Of Fingers & Toes)

– Essential Tremors (Shaking)