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Current Concepts in AnxietyAug 01, 06

The other aspect of the spontaneous panic attack that differentiates it from fear is the common feeling of shortness of breath or dyspnea accompanying the attack. Although commonly attributed to hyperventilation, the weight of the evidence is that neither hyperventilation nor acute fear produces acute dyspnea. My suggestions with regard to a su.ocation false alarm theory of panic have had the gratifying e.ect of eliciting much discussion and even a number of studies.

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