Introduction: Panic disorder
Panic disorder causes episodes of irrational fear and panic
called "panic attacks".
In addition to the mental symptoms of fear, panic, and terror,
these attacks often lead to physical symptoms such as chest pain,
difficulty breathing, rapid pulse,
and various other symptoms.
These symptoms can be so severe that many first-time sufferers
believe they are having a heart attack or are dying,
and go to a hospital emergency room for diagnosis.
A single panic attack does not necessarily mean a diagnosis
of panic disorder, but multiple episodes usually does.
Once an attack can occur, people can get into a vicious cycle
of so-called "anticipatory anxiety", where the fear of having
an attack leads to increased anxiety.
In some cases, people start to avoid places or events
that trigger an attack, leading to phobias or agoraphobia.
Panic disorder: Panic disorder is very different from everyday anxiety. More than 3 million American adults have, or will have, panic disorder at some time in their lives. Most frequently, it starts in young adulthood. Usually, it does not go away by itself. But with proper treatment, people with panic disorder can be helped. 1
Researching symptoms of Panic disorder: Further information about the symptoms of Panic disorder is available including a list of symptoms of Panic disorder, symptom statistics for Panic disorder, other diseases that might have similar symptoms in differential diagnosis of Panic disorder, or alternatively return to research other symptoms in the symptom center.
Treatments for Panic disorder: Various information is available about treatments available for Panic disorder, symptom statistics for Panic disorder, current research about Panic disorder treatments, or research treatments for other diseases.
Statistics and Panic disorder:
Various sources and calculations are available in statistics about Panic disorder,
symptom statistics for Panic disorder,
prevalence and incidence statistics for Panic disorder,
and you can also research other medical statistics in our statistics center.
1. excerpt from Getting Treatment for Panic Disorder: NIMH
Last revision: July 1, 2003
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