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Overview of Panic Disorder

Panic Disorder involves the experience of repeated and unexpected Panic Attacks, as well as the worry and fear about when these attacks will occur next, and just how serious they may be. Panic Attacks are actually never physically dangerous or life-threatening, but they can be extremely distressing as one becomes overwhelmed with intense fear and panic, and experiences physical symptoms of anxiety such as shortness of breath and heart palpitations. At times this condition can become disabling and paralyzing and cause people to experience Agoraphobia.

Panic Disorder affects approximately one in every fifty individuals in the general population. It begins most commonly in people's 20's, and thereafter it can have a changing course, where the symptoms come and go. Not much is known about the actual causes of this condition. Fortunately, effective treatments exist.

 

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Panic Disorder