Panic disorder is a common type of anxiety disorder. It leads to repeated, sudden bursts of terror called panic attacks. People may also have a racing heart, shaking, or trouble with breathing during the attack. These symptoms can be so intense, many mistake it as a heart attack.
People with panic disorder often worry about having more panic attacks. This may stop them from doing some activities or social events. Over time, the worry can increase. It can interfere with work, school, and relationships.
It is not clear why some people develop a panic disorder. It can be a common issue in some families. The disorder may start after a stressful life event. Other may worry intensely over smaller day to day problems. These events may change how sensitive the body is to stress and lead to panic attacks.
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- Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board Adrian Preda, MD
- Review Date: 12/2018 -
- Update Date: 02/26/2019 -