by Jim Chandler, MD
What are panic attacks?
How can you be sure that what happened was a panic attack and not some other medical problem?
Agoraphobia and school
Separation Anxiety Disorder
Prognosis – will they get better?
What Can be Done?
Up to 12% of ninth graders have had a panic attack. About 1-2% of all adults have multiple panic attacks. If you look at adults with panic disorder, 20% had their first panic attack before age 10. The first question is, What is a panic attack? Here are the official criteria:
A discrete period of intense fear or discomfort, in which four (or more) of the following symptoms developed abruptly and reach a peak within 10 minutes:
In children and teenagers, panic attacks can take on many different disguises. Here are a few of the presentations.
The Classic - At age 10 Ted walked into the school and felt his heart race, skip, and all of a sudden he could not breathe well. His chest hurt and he called out to his friend to get the principal. By the time the principal came Ted was sitting