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)


  1. Dilated pupils
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  2. Shaking
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  3. Difficulty concentrating
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  4. Agitated
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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.

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