Panic attacks are very common and more common in young people in both men and women. People feel that they are extremely ill, feel their heart beating fast and forcefully in their chest, notice a change in their breathing pattern, and may breathe very fast and deep (hyperventilation). Sweating, having a headache or intense fear, not wanting to leave the house (agoraphobia), wanting to run away into the open air, not being able to tolerate being in a room (claustrophobia), are other features of panic attacks. Some people may hyperventilate and lose consciousness.
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