Panic disorder is a condition that occurs for no apparent reason and may lead to frequent panic attacks. Panic disorder is not the same as having typical anxious and fearful reactions to stressful events. It includes numerous severe panic attacks without warning, which causes further stress and worry over when and where the next panic attack will occur. Although many people who suffer from panic disorders are embarrassed to seek treatment, it is a very common condition that is easily treatable.
What Is Panic Disorder?
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, panic disorder occurs in approximately six million American adults every given year or one in every seventy-five people. A panic disorder occurs in individuals who have spontaneous panic attacks and are constantly concerned about the fear of another attack. People with panic disorder experience sudden attacks, even during sleep. Panic disorders often accompany other mental and physical conditions such as anxiety disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, asthma, substance abuse or depression, which may affect the ability to receive a proper diagnosis.