Panic Disorder

Panic Disorder is diagnosed in people who experience panic attacks (sometimes called anxiety attacks). A panic attack is an episode of intense and frightening anxiety, often accompanied by several physical symptoms. Panic attacks are typically time-limited episodes, most commonly lasting 15 to 20 minutes though sometimes longer. Panic attacks range in frequency from multiple times a day to only once or twice a year.
Symptoms of panic attacks include the following:
  • Palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate
  • Sensation of shortness of breath, difficulty taking a deep breath or regulating breathing or feelings of choking
  • Sweating or clamminess
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Chest pain
  • Nausea or abdominal distress
  • Feeling dizzy or light-headed
  • Numbness or tingling sensations in extremities
  • Derealization (feelings of unreality) or depersonalization (being detached from oneself)
  • Fear of losing control or “going crazy”
  • Fear of dying or sense of imminent doom
Because of the prominence of physical symptoms, people having panic attacks often end up in the ER with the belief that they are having a heart attack or that something is drastically wrong physically.
Panic Disorder can be treated with psychotherapy alone, medication alone, or a combination of therapy and medication.

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