A panic attack diagnosis is not a common term used, and there are good reasons for this. It can help us to determine whether or not we suffer from the condition and disclose other information that can be helpful to know. Let us talk a little about the diagnosis itself.
The diagnosis of panic attacks can be tricky. The reason for this is due to the numerous symptoms that share similarities with many other medical conditions. When you visit a doctor for a diagnosis on this, some standard things will apply.
Most questions will be related to your medical history. Shortly after, will be questions about the panic or anxiety attacks. Some of these questions may be the following:
– How frequently does it happen?
– How long does it usually last?
– When is the first time you remember experiencing an attack?
– What are the symptoms you have experienced during an attack?
– Are there any particular places or times that they occur?
The next part is usually an evaluation to rule out other potential causes. Some of the other conditions that can potentially cause symptoms similar to panic attacks are:
– Heart attacks
– Mitral valve prolapse
There will also be questions about your dietary food, supplements, and any medications you may be taking. Along with this will be questions about substances used. These can be things such as caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, and illegal drugs. Many of these can cause symptoms of a panic attack either directly or indirectly.
Having this knowledge can lead to greater insight into the condition itself. It can also speed up the process of the diagnosis simply by having an idea of what you should expect.