Table 2.

DSM-IV Criteria for Diagnosis of Panic Disorder

A. Both (1) and (2):
 (1) Recurrent unexpected panic attacks
  Discrete episode of intense fear starting abruptly and peaking within 10 minutes, including at least four of the following symptoms: palpitations, sweating, trembling, dyspnea, choking, chest pain, nausea, dizziness, depersonalization, chills/hot flashes, paresthesias, fear of dying, fear of losing control.
 (2) At least one of the following: persistent concern about future attacks, worry about consequences of attacks, change in behavior due to attacks
B. Presence or absence of agoraphobia
C. Attacks are not due to substances or general medical condition
D. Attacks are not better accounted for by another mental disorder