Panic disorder in teens and young children

The rise of panic disorders are becoming more common than you think. What are the symptoms? This post by Youth of a Nation: Bent Not Broke will help you learn and recognize them as well as give you some important information.

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What are Panic Attacks?

A panic attack is a sudden rush of intense fear or discomfort, which reaches a peak within 10 minutes, and includes at least four of the following symptoms:

  • racing or pounding heart
  • sweating
  • shaking or trembling
  • shortness of breath or feelings of being smothered
  • feeling of choking
  • chest pain or discomfort
  • chills or hot flashes
  • nausea or upset stomach
  • dizziness or lightheadedness
  • a sense of things being unreal or feeling detached from oneself
  • numbness or tingling sensations
  • fear of losing control or “going crazy”
  • fear of dying

Recognizing Panic Disorder in Children & Teens

  • Children, especially if they are young, may have trouble describing their symptoms. Instead, younger children are more likely to talk about their physical symptoms (such as pounding heart, upset stomach, chest pain, or nausea), rather than psychological symptoms (such as a fear of “going crazy”). Teens may be better at describing what…

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