Basic Summary for Panic disorder


Main name of condition: Panic disorder

What is Panic disorder?
  Brief description of Panic disorder: Episodes of unexplained fear and panic.
  Parent types of Panic disorder: Anxiety Disorders, Mental illness, Psychological disorders, Psychiatric disorders
  Organs Affected by Panic disorder: mental, emotion
  Types of Panic disorder: Panic disorder with agoraphobia, Panic disorder without agoraphobia
How many people get Panic disorder?
  Prevalance of Panic disorder: approximately 2.4 million Americans (NIMH)
  Prevalance Rate of Panic disorder: approx 1 in 113 or 0.88% or 2.4 million people in USA [about data]
  Incidence (annual) of Panic disorder: 1.7% of US adults annually (NIMH)
  Incidence Rate of Panic disorder: approx 1 in 58 or 1.70% or 4.6 million people in USA [about data]
  Lifetime risk of Panic disorder: 3 million Americans (NIMH); 1.6% adults (USSG)
  Prevalance of Panic disorder: Panic disorder strikes between 3 and 6 million Americans, and is twice as common in women as in men.1
  Incidence of Panic disorder: About 1.7% of the adult U.S. population ages 18 to 54 - approximately 2.4 million Americans - has panic disorder in a given year. 2
Who gets Panic disorder?
  Patient Profile for Panic disorder: Typically starting in young adulthood
  Profile for Panic disorder: It can appear at any age -- in children or in the elderly -- but most often it begins in young adults.1
  Gender Profile for Panic disorder: About twice as many women as men in the US (National Institute of Mental Health, NIH)
How serious is Panic disorder?
  Prognosis of Panic disorder: fact, proper treatment reduces or completely prevents panic attacks in 70 to 90 percent of people. Many people feel substantial relief in just weeks or months.3
  Complications of Panic disorder: see complications of Panic disorder
What causes Panic disorder?
  Class of Condition for Panic disorder: behavior
  Causes of Panic disorder: see causes of Panic disorder
  Risk factors for Panic disorder: see risk factors for Panic disorder
What are the symptoms of Panic disorder?
  Symptoms of Panic disorder: see symptoms of Panic disorder
Can anyone else get Panic disorder?
  Inheritance: see inheritance of Panic disorder
How is it treated?
  Treatments for Panic disorder: see treatments for Panic disorder
  Research for Panic disorder: see research for Panic disorder

1. excerpt from Panic Disorder: NWHIC
2. excerpt from Facts about Panic Disorder: NIMH
3. excerpt from Getting Treatment for Panic Disorder: NIMH

Last revision: July 1, 2003

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