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Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Anxiety and Stress Disorders (Children)
Possible Panic Attack
My 14 year old daughter complains of being short of breath, her body trembles and she can't speak. Is that anxiety? It only laasts for short periods of time.
Well it depends, if she recovers by breathing into a paper bag, if these episodes are accompanied by anxious feelings of dread or foreboding, yes this could be what we call a "Panic Attack" which is the key symptom of Panic disorder, a very treatable medical illness in the anxiety disorder family.
Floyd R Sallee, MD
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati