Originally posted as part of our PhD Stronger Together Module - Mental Health Conditions (December 2020).
Panic Disorder is characterized by panic attacks (feelings of fear) that last for several minutes or longer.
Signs and Symptoms
Panic disorder: feeling of uncontrol, fear of death or fright of future events; extreme worry regarding the next attack, avoidance of triggers
Panic attack: escalated heart rhythm, chills, trembling, stomach pain, nausea; numbness, shortness of breath, dizziness, sweating.
Stats, Demographics and Disparities
~4.7% of adults in the US experience a panic disorder at some point in their lifetime
Prevalence is higher in women than in men
Native Americans have the highest rates of panic attack occurrence
Family history of panic attacks/disorder can increase chances of developing panic attack and/or panic disorder
Occurrence of a traumatic event and/or substance abuse can increase one’s chances of having a panic attack and/or developing panic disorder
Treatment and Care
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
Centre for Clinical Interventions (Australia)
Anxiety Disorders Association of Canada
Anxiety Helpline Resources UK
Anxiety & Depression Association of America
Anxiety Resource Center
*The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician, therapist or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.