ADHD and Panic Attacks

Did you know panic attacks can be a symptom of ADHD in adults? Learn more about how panic attacks, including their physical symptoms.

By Reader's Digest Editors

A common symptom of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), panic attacks can be debilitating for those who experience them in their daily routine. Like ADHD, panic attacks may be caused by genetics, sudden life changes, a traumatic experience, or irregularities in the brain.

People who suffer from panic attacks may have the feeling of being out of control of themselves and their immediate situation. In addition to psychological symptoms, panic attacks may come with physical symptoms like chest pain, heart palpitations, and shortness of breath.

Symptoms of a Panic Attack
• Hyperventilation
• Chest pain
• Fearfulness and/or terror
• Nausea
• Cold chills or hot flashes
• Sweating
• Sense of impending doom

To get help with panic attacks, speak with your health-care provider. Your doctor can discuss with you what’s triggering the attacks and offer treatment. A person with ADHD may undergo different types of treatment for panic attacks compared to a non-ADHD sufferer, so close collaboration with a health-care professional is essential for proper treatment.

Sources: Mayo Clinic, WebMD

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