Most panic attacks peak in about 10 minutes, then fade away. The attack can cause:
Having one panic attack can increase the fear of having another. It will lead to a reluctance to go to places where an attack happened. This may increase over time. It can make it hard to have success in school and work. It can also cause problems in relationships with other people.
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Last reviewed December 2018 by
EBSCO Medical Review Board Adrian Preda, MD
Last Updated: 2/22/2019