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How is panic disorder diagnosed?

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There isn't a lab test specifically for panic disorder. Your doctor probably will examine you and rule out other health issues. If you’ve had two or more random panic attacks and live in fear of a repeat episode, you likely have panic disorder.

From: What Is Panic Disorder? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus: “Panic Disorder.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Panic Disorder: When Fear Overwhelms.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Panic Disorder.”

American Psychiatric Association: “What Are Anxiety Disorders?”

The BMJ : “Panic Disorder.”

National Alliance on Mental Illness: “Psychotherapy.”

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders , Fifth Edition.

PubMed: “Functional t1ρ imaging in panic disorder.”

UpToDate: “Panic disorder in adults: Epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, course, assessment, and diagnosis.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 20, 2017

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus: “Panic Disorder.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Panic Disorder: When Fear Overwhelms.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Panic Disorder.”

American Psychiatric Association: “What Are Anxiety Disorders?”

The BMJ : “Panic Disorder.”

National Alliance on Mental Illness: “Psychotherapy.”

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders , Fifth Edition.

PubMed: “Functional t1ρ imaging in panic disorder.”

UpToDate: “Panic disorder in adults: Epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, course, assessment, and diagnosis.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 20, 2017

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