Repeated panic attacks when there is no
reason for the fight-or-flight response.
Changing your daily
activities because you worry that you will have another attack.
Some people have a fear of being in crowds, standing in
line, or going into shopping malls. They are afraid of having another panic
attack or of not being able to escape. This problem is called
agoraphobia. It can be so bad for some people that
they never leave their homes.
People who have panic
disorder often have depression at the same time.
Your doctor will ask about your past health and do a physical exam. The
exam may include listening to your heart, checking your blood pressure, and
ordering blood tests to look for other causes of your problem.
Treatment for panic attacks
and panic disorder includes
counseling, especially cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Medicines may also help. Treatment can help most people control or even stop attacks. But symptoms
can come back, especially if you stop treatment too soon.