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02 Apr 2007

Panic Attack
Hi Doc,

Can a person pass out from a panic attack. I have come out of surgery just over a week ago and have suddenly had numerous panic attacks. I am going to be seeing a doctor about this but for the moment I constantly feel dizzy and it scares me that I am going to pass out.

I had an esg done and my heart is fine, just beats too fast when I'm panicking. My blood pressure is also 100%. I just hate this feeling am constantly scared that I am going to have another panic attack which is obviously making the situation worse. I hate not being in control and when I have these attacks it feels like I'm going to die.

Your advice is appreciated.

Take care
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

One could pass out during a panic attack, though it's much more usual for one to fear that one will, during such an attack, without actually passing out. From your description, the problem seems to be a fear of passing out, and related to dizziness, which could possibly be related to the op you had.
Having one's heart beat faster is part of the definition of a panic attack, and a normal part of it. And its typical that within panic attacks one feels out of control, and fears that one will go mad, or die, or both.
DO see a good local psychiatrist for a full assessment, and a comhination of CBT counselling and some medication can clear this up before long.
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