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Diagnosis of Panic Disorder

Panic Disorder is diagnosed based on a clinical assessment performed by a health care professional, usually a physician or psychologist.  This assessment includes an interview with the patient and a review of any previous assessments in their medical records, and can also include an interview with the patient's family members or close friends.  The goal of this assessment is to determine whether the patient meets the clinical criteria for Panic Disorder based on the reports that they or their family members and friends provide. 

There are no laboratory tests or imaging tests (such as CT scans or MRI scans) that can help make a diagnosis of Panic Disorder. However, these sorts of tests are important in order to rule-out any other general medical conditions that could be causing the Panic Attacks. These include:

Panic Disorder should also be differentiated from other Anxiety Disorders.


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