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Anxiety attacks. What is the name of panic attack that physically kills an individual?

my mom has had anxiety attacks since she was a child.. she has been leagally dead because of these.. and needed a defibulator to come back her heart and blood pressure stops.. and she faints right away.. then is in a comma state without reachtion.. then shakes whole body jumping uncontrollably .. she has shakes to any mental stress as low as feeling guilty of telling someone she would do something and then find that she cant.. she has had a stress test .. they diagnosed her with a severe panic attack but i forgot the name to sign her up for disability .. she is currently living with me. and has been told she cannot work. she has been tested for parkensins and other illnesses. please tell me what the name of the panic attack that physically kills a individual. thank you for your time
Asked On : Fri, 1 Mar 2013
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Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

To answer your question directly, no panic attack "physically kills" an individual. No anxiety disorder, including panic attacks, requires a "defibrillator" to bring back the patient to life. The facts which you have mentioned that "her heart stops" and that she becomes "legally dead" are totally inconsistent with a panic attack.

However, you mention that she has had tests and has been told by the doctors to have "severe panic attacks". It is not possible for me to give you an exact diagnosis without a detailed history and a proper evaluation / psychological assessment of the patient. So, I would suggest that you discuss and clarify with her doctors regading her exact diagnosis.

Wish you all the best.

Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
Consultant Psychiatrist
Answered: Fri, 1 Mar 2013
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