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What is panic disorder?

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If you keep getting panic attacks, you have a persistent fear of more panic attacks, or you change your behavior significantly because of them, you have something called panic disorder. Nearly one in 20 adults have it, and women are twice as likely as men to get it.

Many people with panic disorder relate an attack to what they were doing when it happened. They may think the restaurant, elevator, or classroom caused the attack. Then they'll avoid those places. That may lead to something called agoraphobia -- the fear of leaving home or being in public places.

From: What Are Panic Attacks? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

American Psychiatric Association: .  Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Journal of Clinical Psychiatry , 2005. 

Shipkko, S. Authorhouse, 2003. Surviving Panic Disorder: What You Need to Know,

National Institute of Mental Health: "Panic Disorder Among Adults."

 

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on June 14, 2017

SOURCES: 

American Psychiatric Association: .  Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Journal of Clinical Psychiatry , 2005. 

Shipkko, S. Authorhouse, 2003. Surviving Panic Disorder: What You Need to Know,

National Institute of Mental Health: "Panic Disorder Among Adults."

 

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on June 14, 2017

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