Panic Disorder

Panic disorder is different from the normal fear and anxiety reactions to stressful events in our lives. Panic disorder is a serious mental condition that strikes without reason or warning. Symptoms of panic disorder include

          • Sweating
          • Difficulty breathing
          • Elevated heart rate or chest pain
          • Numbness or tingling in fingers and toes
          • Intense feelings of dread
          • Trembling/Shaking
          • A fear that you are dying or losing control
          • Hot flashes/Chills
          • Feeling of being smothered or choking
          • Nausea/Stomach ache

 

Panic disorder affects about 2.4 million adult Americans. Most often it occurs in late adolescence and early adulthood. It is twice as common in women than in men. Panic atacks are characterized by a fear of disaster or losing control.  During a panic attack, the fear response is out of proportion for the situation, which often is not threating. . Besides panic attacks themselves, a key symptom of panic disorder is the constant fear of having future attacks, which can affect daily functioning and quality of life.  The fear of these attacks can cause the person to avoid places and situations where an attack has occured, or where they think an attack will occur. 

 

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