Constantly in Fear of the Next Panic Attack
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Charles Carlson, DO, MS

Charles Carlson, DO, MS (Psychiatry)

Dr. Carlson graduated from Touro University in Nevada with a degree in osteopathic medicine. He then trained as a resident in Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals where he was also a chief resident and completed a fellowship in Public and Community Psychiatry. After training, he started practicing in | Addiction Psychiatry at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs where he also teaches Psychiatry residents.

Yu Shirai, MD

Yu Shirai, MD (Psychiatry)

Dr. Shirai works at the Yotsuya Yui Clinic for mental health treatment for English and Portuguese-speaking patients. He treats a wide range of patients from neurodevelopmental disorders to dementia in children and participates in knowledge sharing through the Diversity Clinic.

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About the Symptom

Anticipatory anxiety is worry or fear in regards to something that will take place in the future. A panic attack is an abrupt and intense rush of fear or discomfort that reaches peak within minutes and can include physical symptoms. It can be caused by many different medical or psychiatric conditions.

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  • Constantly in fear of the next panic attack

Possible Causes

Generally, Constantly in fear of the next panic attack can be related to:

  • Panic Attack

    An anxiety disorder in which a person has repeated and often unexpected panic attacks. These panic attacks involve a sudden onset of intense fearfulness in the absence of danger and includes physical symptoms such as heart palpitations, difficulty breathing, chest pain or discomfort, choking or smothering sensations, sweating, and dizziness.

  • Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

    A condition where stomach acid flows back up the esophagus (food pipe). It can be caused or worsened by obesity, alcohol, and caffeine. Eating habits also play a role - eating large meals quickly or lying down after meals are known triggers.

  • Anxiety

    Generalized Anxiety Disorder is a condition in which a person experiences intense, excessive, and persistent worry about a variety of things for six or more months. While anxiety is normal in stressful situations, excessive anxiety can be an indicator of an underlying anxiety disorder and interfere with daily living.

  • Functional Dyspepsia
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Cough Variant Asthma
  • Constipation
  • Atrial Fibrillation (AF)

Related serious diseases

Sometimes, Constantly in fear of the next panic attack may be related to these serious diseases:

  • Acute Appendicitis

    Acute appendicitis happens when the appendix (a small, tube-like structure attached to a part of the colon) gets inflamed. This usually occurs because the appendix gets clogged with fecal material or calcium. The appendix swells with inflammation and becomes infected with gut bacteria. It can affect anyone and is most common in young adults.

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  • Do you fear the next panic attack?

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Charles Carlson, DO, MS

Charles Carlson, DO, MS (Psychiatry)

Dr. Carlson graduated from Touro University in Nevada with a degree in osteopathic medicine. He then trained as a resident in Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals where he was also a chief resident and completed a fellowship in Public and Community Psychiatry. After training, he started practicing in | Addiction Psychiatry at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs where he also teaches Psychiatry residents.

Yu Shirai, MD

Yu Shirai, MD (Psychiatry)

Dr. Shirai works at the Yotsuya Yui Clinic for mental health treatment for English and Portuguese-speaking patients. He treats a wide range of patients from neurodevelopmental disorders to dementia in children and participates in knowledge sharing through the Diversity Clinic.

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