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Panic Disorder Severity Scale

Several of the following questions refer to panic attacks and 'limited symptom attacks'. For this questionnaire, a panic attack is defined as "A sudden rush of fear or discomfort" accompanied by at least four of the symptoms listed below. To qualify as 'a sudden rush' the symptoms must peak within 10 minutes. Episodes like panic attacks but having fewer than four of the listed symptoms are called 'limited symptom attacks'.

Symptoms:

  • Rapid or pounding heartbeat
  • Sweating
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Breathlessness
  • Feeling of choking
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness or faintness
  • Feelings of unreality
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Chills or hot flushes
  • Fear of losing control or going crazy
  • Fear of dying
How many panic and limited symptom attacks did you have during the week?

If you had any panic attacks during the past week, how distressing (uncomfortable, frightening) were they while they were happening?

During the past week, how much have you worried or felt anxious about when your next panic attack would occur or about fears related to the attacks?

During the past week were there any places or situations you avoided or felt afraid of because of fear of having a panic attack?

During the past week, were there any activities that you avoided or felt afraid of because they caused physical sensations like those you feel during panic attacks or that you were afraid might trigger a panic attack?

During the past week, how much did the above symptoms altogether interfere with your ability to work or carry out your responsibilities at home?

During the past week, how much did panic and limited symptom attacks or worry about attacks interfere with your social life?

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