Mental Health Question #11
A patient comes into the emergency department experiencing chest pain and feelings of impending doom. Which assessment findings should the nurse use to determine if this patient is experiencing a panic attack? (Select all that apply)
- Dilated pupils
- Difficulty concentrating
Panic is a state of extreme anxiety/fear that cannot be controlled. Dilated pupils, increased vital signs, and ‘fight or flight’ takes over. Difficulty concentrating and agitation are signs of moderate anxiety.