Panic attack disorders cause some of the most extreme psychological chest pain. Often, panic attack sufferers feel as if they're suffering a heart attack. In fact, psychological chest pain mimics many of the symptoms of a heart attack, and medical attention is the only way to differentiate between the two conditions.The exact cause of a panic attack is unknown. It is known that stress can trigger a panic attack and that panic attacks can run in families. Women are twice as likely to suffer from panic attacks as men, and panic attack symptoms usually develop before 25 years of age.A panic attack disorder causes anxiety and stress, as the victim of the panic attack does not know when the next attack will strike. He may avoid circumstances or locations known to trigger panic attacks and may experience depression when panic attacks impair quality of life.