What is Panic Disorder?
According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), people who show signs of panic disorder often have sudden and repeated attacks of fear which can last for several minutes or even longer. These moments of fear are referred to as panic attacks. People with panic disorder have a fear of disaster or of losing control even when there is no real danger. A person may also have a strong physical reaction during a panic attack. It may feel to them like they’re experiencing a heart attack. Panic attacks can occur at any time, and many people with panic disorder worry about and dread the possibility of having another attack.
A person with panic disorder may become discouraged and feel ashamed because he or she cannot carry out normal routines like going to school or work, going to the grocery store, or driving.
The NIMH also points out that panic disorder often begins in the late teens or early adulthood. More women than men have panic disorder. But not everyone who experiences panic attacks will develop panic disorder.
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