Panic disorder: Introduction
Panic disorder causes episodes of irrational fear and panic
called "panic attacks".
In addition to the mental symptoms of fear, panic, and terror,
these attacks often lead to physical symptoms such as chest pain,
difficulty breathing, rapid pulse,
and various other symptoms.
These symptoms can be so severe that many first-time sufferers
believe they are having a heart attack or are dying,
and go to a hospital emergency room for diagnosis.
A single panic attack does not necessarily mean a diagnosis
of panic disorder, but multiple episodes usually does.
Once an attack can occur, people can get into a vicious cycle
of so-called "anticipatory anxiety", where the fear of having
an attack leads to increased anxiety.
In some cases, people start to avoid places or events
that trigger an attack, leading to phobias or agoraphobia. ...more »
Symptoms of Panic disorder
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Misdiagnosis and Panic disorder
Common asymptomatic heart disorder can cause anxiety-like conditions: Anxiety symptoms may be due to heart disorder - There is a reasonably
common heart...read more »
Rare cancer hidden cause of panic symptoms: The rare cancer pheochromocytoma, an adrenal tumor, can initially
have symptoms similar to panic disorder.
Its...read more »
Thyroid disorder misdiagnosed as anxiety disorder: The book "A Dose of Sanity" reports on a case
where as woman was diagnosed with panic disorder, and had been taking
a variety of anti-anxiety medications....read more »
Cluster of diseases with difficult diagnosis issues: There is a well-known list of
medical conditions that are all somewhat difficult to diagnose, and all can present
in a variety of different severities.
Diseases in this...read more »
Undiagnosed stroke leads to misdiagnosed aphasia: BBC News UK reported on a man who
had been institutionalized and treated for mental illness
because he suffered from sudden inability to speak....read more »
Heart attack can be over-diagnosed: Although heart attack is often undiagnosed,
leading to fatality, it can also be over-diagnosed.
People become concerned that a...read more »
Alzheimer's disease over-diagnosed: The well-known disease of Alzheimer's disease
is often over-diagnosed.
Patients tend to assume that any memory loss or forgetulness symptom might be...read more »
Dementia may be a drug interaction: A common scenario in aged care is for
a patient to show mental decline to dementia.
Whereas this can, of...read more »
ADHD under-diagnosed in adults: Although the over-diagnoses of ADHD
in children is a well-known controversy, the reverse side related to adults....read more »
Bipolar disorder misdiagosed as various conditions by primary physicians: Bipolar disorder (manic-depressive disorder)
often fails to be diagnosed...read more »
Eating disorders under-diagnosed in men: The typical patient with
an eating disorder is female.
The result is that men with eating disorders often fail to be...read more »
Depression undiagnosed in teenagers: Serious bouts of depression can be
undiagnosed in teenagers.
The "normal" moodiness of teenagers can cause severe medical depression
to be overlooked.
See misdiagnosis of depression or symptoms...read more »
Undiagnosed anxiety disorders related to depression: Patients with depression (see symptoms of depression)
may also have undiagnosed anxiety disorders (see ...read more »
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Prognosis for Panic disorder
Prognosis for Panic disorder:
fact, proper treatment reduces or completely
prevents panic attacks in 70 to 90 percent of people. Many people feel
substantial relief in just weeks or months. (Source: excerpt from Getting Treatment for Panic Disorder: NIMH)
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Clinical Trials for Panic disorder
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and privately supported clinical trials using human volunteers.
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Article Excerpts about Panic disorder
Getting Treatment for Panic Disorder: NIMH (Excerpt)
Panic disorder is very different from everyday anxiety. More than 3
million American adults have, or will have, panic disorder at some time in
their lives. Most frequently, it starts in young adulthood. Usually, it
does not go away by itself. But with proper treatment, people with panic
disorder can be helped.
(Source: excerpt from Getting Treatment for Panic Disorder: NIMH)
Understanding Panic Disorder: NIMH (Excerpt)
In panic disorder, brief episodes of intense fear are accompanied by
multiple physical symptoms (such as heart palpitations and dizziness) that
occur repeatedly and unexpectedly in the absence of any external threat.
These "panic attacks," which are the hallmark of panic disorder, are
believed to occur when the brain's normal mechanism for reacting to a
threat – the so-called "fight or flight" response – becomes
inappropriately aroused. Most people with panic disorder also feel anxious
about the possibility of having another panic attack and avoid situations
in which they believe these attacks are likely to occur. Anxiety about
another attack, and the avoidance it causes, can lead to disability in
(Source: excerpt from Understanding Panic Disorder: NIMH)
Definitions of Panic disorder:
Specific psychological phenomenon characterized by sudden onset of anxiety (often unrelated to objective events), accompanied by autonomic symptoms such as tachycardia, paresthesia, flushing, and sweating.
- (Source - Diseases Database)
An anxiety disorder characterized by unpredictable panic attacks; the attacks are usually severe but brief
- (Source - WordNet 2.1)
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