Below is a list of questions that relate to life experiences common among people diagnosed with panic disorder—a type of anxiety disorder characterized by recurring unexpected panic attacks. Please read each question carefully and indicate whether you have experienced these thoughts or symptoms in the past year. Keep in mind that the effects of certain drugs or medications, as well as certain medical conditions, can cause panic attacks so you should discuss your symptoms with a doctor.

Note that panic disorder refers to recurrent, unexpected panic attacks—that is, the attack appears to happen out of the blue when there is no actual danger. In contrast, expected panic attacks occur when there is an obvious cue or trigger, such as a specific phobia (like a fear of snakes). In the US, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), nearly 5% of adults will experience a panic attack during their lifetime.

This quiz is NOT a diagnostic tool. Mental health disorders can only be diagnosed by a qualified mental health professional or doctor.

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Have you ever experienced an abrupt surge of intense fear or discomfort seemingly out of the blue, that lasted several minutes?

If yes, have you experienced any of the following symptoms during those minutes? Palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate?


Trembling or shaking?

Shortness of breath or a feeling that you are being smothered?

Feeling like you are choking?

Chest pain or discomfort?

Nausea or stomach ache?

Feeling dizzy, light-headed or faint?

Chills or heat sensations?

"Pins and needles" (numbness or a tingling sensation)?

A feeling that you are crazy or losing control?

A sense of being detached from yourself or your surroundings, or observing yourself from outside your body? Or, that things are not real?

Worried that you are going to die?

For at least one month after you've had this experience, have you worried that you might experience these symptoms again?

Taken steps to avoid a repeat attack—for example, avoiding unfamiliar situations?

Have you been diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmias, hyperthyroidism, asthma, COPD, or irritable bowel syndrome?

Do you have a fear of a certain situation, animal, or object that causes you to experience the panic, sweating, trembling, and/or heart palpitations?

Do you experience persistent and excessive worry about a number of different things, so much so that it interferes with your daily life?

Do people tell you you look nervous?

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Last Updated: Jan 12, 2021