Panic Disorder and Anxiety Panic Attacks

Panic disorder is an anxiety disorder that is characterized by recurrent and unexpected panic attacks.

Panic attacks can be intense!

You may think you are having a heart attack or about to go crazy and lose control, and this fear can be the kindling that sparks future panic attacks.

Did you know that roughly 3 million Americans experience panic disorder sometime in their life and that women are twice as likely as men to experience this anxiety disorder.


This anxiety disorder can co-exist with other anxiety disorders such as:

Anxiety attacks and anxiety attacks symptoms are extreme so it is important to get professional advice.

Similarly the causes of anxiety attacks may be due to:

  • medical conditions such as mitral valve prolapse
  • use of medications or withdrawal of medications
  • genetic influence as panic attacks tend to run in the family
  • life transitions
  • events that cause severe stress.

The causes of panic attacks are many and it is important to get professional advice in treating this anxiety disorder.

Treating anxiety panic attacks

When treating anxiety attacks it is important to distinguish this anxiety disorder from other anxiety disorders that have panic attacks. For example:

  • panic disorder has un-cued panic attacks. In other words they occur unexpectedly with no identifiable reason
  • people who experience an anxiety attack as a result of a social situation may have social phobia
  • people whose panic attack is cued by excessive worry may experience generalized anxiety disorder.

The context in which the anxiety attack occurs and the treatment of these anxiety attacks is evaluated by your doctor of psychologist.

Treating an anxiety disorder can be conducted:

This site is for information purposes only and is no substitute for treatment. Please see your local medical expert or mental health professional for advice.

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