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Panic Disorder

What is panic disorder?

Panic disorder is characterized by chronic, repeated, and unexpected panic attacks – bouts of overwhelming fear of being in danger when there is no specific cause for the fear. In-between panic attacks, persons with panic disorder worry excessively about when and where the next attack may occur.

Who is affected by panic disorder?

Panic disorder typically first occurs in late adolescence or early adulthood, but may also begin in childhood. Women are twice as likely than men to experience this disorder, and some people may be genetically predisposed to the disorder. About 1 to 2 percent of Americans suffer from panic disorder.

Treatment for panic disorder:

Specific treatment for panic disorder will be determined by your physician based on:

•    your age, overall health, and medical history

•    extent of the disease

•    your tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies

•    expectations for the course of the disease

•    your opinion or preference