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Unformatted text preview: ves up for future panic attacks. In biological challenge tests, researchers produce hyperventilation or other biological sensations by administering drugs or by instructing clinical research participants 12/10/09 11:16:24 AM Anxiety Disorders :// 119 PSYCH WATCH Panic: Everyone Is Vulnerable P Police and fire officials yesterday began an investigation into how a fight in a Chicago nightclub caused a stampede in which 21 people were crushed to death. Witnesses claimed a fight between two women led to security guards using a pepper spray or mace to separate them early yesterday morning. As the fumes caused a panic, the fleeing clubbers found the rear doors of the E2 club were chained shut, forcing an estimated 1,500 people inside to surge down a narrow stairwell as they attempted to flee. About 150 people, including two firefighters involved in the rescue operation, were injured, at least ten of whom were in critical condition last night. Eyewitnesses described how a “mound of people” built up on the stairs as they fled towards an exit, with many trampled and suffocated in the panic. Others passed out from the effect of the chemical fumes, it was claimed. Cory Thomas, 33, who was waiting outside to collect two friends, said: “People were stacking on top of each other screaming and gagging. The door got blocked because there were too many people stacked up against it. I saw at least ten lifeless bodies.” Others staggered from the building breathless and incoherent. “Everybody smashed; people crying, couldn’t breathe,” said one clubber, Reggie Clark. “Two ladies next to me died. A guy under me passed out.” Tonita Matthews, a young woman inside the Images Tasos Katopodis/Getty eople with panic disorder are not the only ones to experience panic. In fact, many people panic when faced with a threat that unfolds very rapidly. The following news report describes the crowd reaction and human stampede that occurred at a trendy Chicago nightclub on February 17, 2003: club who tried to help the injured, said: “People just died in my arms.” . . . The incident occurred at about 2am . . . at E2, a dance club . . . in a predominantly black district on Chicago’s south side, which is famed for its nightclubs. The dance club is a popular latenight party spot, known for attracting rock and rap stars. . . . Most of those who died were killed at the bottom of the main front door stairwell. Kristy Mitchell, 22, was one of those rescued after falling on the stairway and being trampled as the crowd continued to pour over her. She said: “People were stomping my legs. When they pulled me up, I was dizzy and I couldn’t breathe.” Another of those rescued, Lamont James, said: “We heard the DJ say there was a fight and that caused a panic. People started heading for the corridor leading to the exit. There were people on top of me, people underneath me, people pressed up against the wall. . . . It was by far the worst fatal incident of its kind in the US. In 1979, 11 people we...
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