Panic Disorder Checklist

This checklist is designed as a measure of disorder symptomatology. It must be interpreted in the context of individual client circumstances and as such should be used only in combination with a comprehensive medical and clinical assessment. It is NOT a stand-alone diagnostic tool.

A Panic Attack is a quick surge of intense fear or discomfort that peaks within minutes, during which time some or all of the following symptoms occur:

  • Heart palpitations, pounding heart or accelerated heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Sensations of shortness of breath or smothering
  • Feelings of choking
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Nausea or unsettled stomach
  • Dizziness, unsteadiness, faintness, light headedness
  • Chills or hot flushes
  • Numbness or tingling sensations
  • Feelings of unreality or detachment
  • Fear of losing control
  • Fear of dying

If a patient has experienced 4 or more of the above symptoms recurrently, followed by at least 1 month of persistent worry, distress or behaviour change related to preventing future Panic Attacks, they may be experiencing Panic Disorder.

In this case, it is recommended that they be referred to a psychologist for a more comprehensive assessment. To book an appointment with a psychologist, contact Strategic Psychology on (02) 6262 6157 or email


Reference: American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (DSM-5). Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Association.