Call your doctor if you
- Attacks of intense fear or
anxiety that seem to come on without a
panic attack or worry that you will have another one,
and your worrying interferes with your ability to do your daily
- Occasional physical symptoms (such as shortness of
breath and chest pain), and you are not sure what is causing them.
It can be hard to tell the difference
between the symptoms of a panic attack (such as shortness of breath and chest
pain) and the
symptoms of a heart attack or another serious medical
problem. If you have symptoms of a panic attack, be sure to get medical care right away so that other medical conditions can be ruled out.
Who to see
The following health professionals can diagnose
panic attacks. They may work together with other health
professionals to treat panic attacks and
Treatment for panic attacks and panic disorder may also
be provided by a:
Many community mental health centers, hospital outpatient
clinics, and family service agencies have treatment programs for people with
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.