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Panic attacks

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Panic attacks can last from a few minutes to several hours?

Panic attacks are characterized by the following symptoms:

  • lightheadedness,
  • paresthesias of the hand, feet and face,
  • sweating,
  • tremor,
  • dyspnea,
  • pain in the chest, and
  • an intense conviction of impending death.

 

(Edited by María Moya Guirao, M.D.)



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Hyperventilation

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During “Panics Attacks” patients can hyperventilates voluntarily ?

Physiologically, excess pulmonary ventilation produces a complicated chain of events. Over-breathing leads to a reduction of  CO2 tension of the alveolar air and a rise in the O2 tension. As the plasma CO2 content falls, the alkalinity of the blood increases.

The person hyperventilates because he experienced a sense of air hunger during the Panic Attack. When the respiratory alkalosis appears the patient feel muscular stiffness in the extremities, and a feeling of pins and needles around mouth, fingers and toes.

(Edited by María Moya Guirao, M.D.)

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Depressive Disorder

Unipolar Depressive Disorder .

Clinical manifestations :

  • The mood is depressed irritable o anxious .
  • Crying  spells, but some patients complain of inability to cry.
  • lack of self confidence and low self-esteem.
  • Loss of interest in usual activities.
  • Negative expectations .
  • Thoughts of death and suicide.
  • Psychomotor retardation and poor concentration.
  • Anorexia and weight loss or weight gain.
  • Amenorrhea or other menstrual irregularities.
  • Loss of sexual desire.
  • Insomnia e hypersomnia.

(Edited by María Moya Guirao, M.D.)

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