Dealing with Panic Disorder


Visitors: 182

At least 1.6 percent of adult Americans, or 3 million people, will have panic disorder at some time in their lives. Panic disorder is a serious health problem and is very different from other types of anxiety. Panic attacks are sudden, appear to be unprovoked, and are often disabling. If you have panic disorder, you may feel suddenly terrified for no reason. During a panic attack, you also have scary physical feelings like a fast heartbeat, trouble breathing, or dizziness.

Panic attacks can happen at any time and any place without warning. Many people with panic disorder develop intense anxiety between episodes. It is not unusual for a person with panic disorder to develop phobias about places or situations where panic attacks have occurred, such as in supermarkets or other everyday situations.

It usually starts when people are young adults, around 18 to 24 years old. Sometimes it starts when a person is under a lot of stress, for example after the death of a loved one or after having a baby. Anyone can have panic disorder, but more women than men have the illness. It sometimes runs in families.

Speaking to a specially trained doctor or counselor who can teach you ways to cope with your panic attacks helps many people with panic disorder. Therapy will help you feel less afraid and anxious. Thanks to research, there are a variety of treatments available, including several effective medications, and also specific forms of psychotherapy. Often, a combination of psychotherapy and medications produces good results.

It is extremely important for a person suffering from panic disorder to understand that help is available. Tragically, many people with panic disorder do not seek or receive treatment.

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the agency of the U. S. government responsible for improving the mental health of the American people by supporting research on the brain and mental disorders and by increasing public understanding of these conditions and their treatment. NIMH is sponsoring a major information campaign to acquaint the public and health care professionals with this disorder.

For more information about Anxiety and Stress related topics, please visit us at Panic Disorder Relief


Article Source:

Rate this Article: 
How To Recognize And Deal With Anxiety Panic Disorder
Rated 4 / 5
based on 5 votes

Related Articles:

Panic Attack Symptoms From Panic Disorder

by: Michelle Tason (June 04, 2008) 
(Self Improvement/Stress Management)

What Causes Panic Attack And Panic Disorder?

by: Ryan Taylor (May 08, 2008) 
(Self Improvement/Stress Management)

What Is Panic Disorder?

by: Jack Flinters (May 23, 2008) 
(Health and Fitness/Anxiety)

Panic And Anxiety Disorder

by: Steve Polk (November 07, 2006) 
(Health and Fitness)

Bodywork Can Help Panic Disorder

by: Nicole Cutler (September 14, 2006) 
(Health and Fitness)

Anxiety Panic Disorder - What's Happening to Me?

by: Robin J. Derry (August 11, 2006) 
(Health and Fitness)

Panic Disorder - The Mind in Conflict

by: William L. Smith Ph. D. (August 28, 2007) 
(Reference and Education/Psychology)

Panic Disorder - The Frightening Truth

by: Joanne King (September 14, 2006) 
(Health and Fitness)

Panic Attack Disorder- The Terrifying Fear

by: Michelle Tason (June 02, 2008) 
(Self Improvement/Stress Management)

How To Recognize And Deal With Anxiety Panic Disorder

by: Sandy Sizemore (May 22, 2006) 
(Health and Fitness/Depression)