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Children with Panic Attacks

Abstract: Just like adults, children can have panic attacks. They are often associated with emotional stress, such as fear of separation.

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Written by: Martin Winkler
First version: 22 Jul 2008.
Latest revision: 01 Jan 2009.

Can children have panic attacks?


Of course also children can develop an anxiety disturbance, which can correspond to the symptoms of adults, with suddenly appearing fear attacks combined with different physical complaints.

Typically such fear attacks occur during special emotionally loaded phases (e.g. separation from parents, diseases in the family, problems at school). A careful examination of an experienced therapist should take place in order to exclude other diagnoses and causes (e.g. trauma) or physical causes.

A special kind of anxiety disturbance in children is the fear of separation. More information in German.

More information in German

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