People with panic disorder have sudden and repeated attacks of fear that last for several minutes or longer. These are called panic attacks. Panic attacks are characterized by 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 like having a heart attack.
Panic disorder often begins in late teens or early adulthood. More women than men have panic disorders. But not everyone who experiences panic attacks will develop panic disorder.
People with panic disorder may have:
The signs and symptoms of a panic attack develop abruptly and usually reach their peak within 10 minutes. A full-blown panic attack includes a combination of the following signs and symptoms:
Panic disorder is generally treated with psychotherapy, medication or both.
When it comes to panic attacks, professional treatment and therapy can make a big difference. But there are many things you can do to help yourself, too:
Information from the NAMI website (for more information please visit it here).
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