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What should you know about panic disorder?

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A panic attack can happen anywhere, at any time. You may feel terrified and overwhelmed, even though you’re not in any danger. If this kind of random event has happened to you at least twice, and you constantly worry and change your routine to keep from having one, you might have panic disorder -- a type of anxiety disorder. One in 10 adults in the U.S. have panic attacks each year. About a third of people have one in their lifetime. But most of them don’t have panic disorder. Only about 3% of adults have it, and it’s more common in women than in men.

From: What Is Panic Disorder? WebMD Medical Reference

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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?”

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National Alliance on Mental Illness: “Psychotherapy.”

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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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