Panic Disorder

For this particular disease, statistics show that about 6 million people are effected by this, women being twice as likely to be affected as men.

  • What is the characterization or definition of your mental illness? The definition of this particular mental illness: "noun: panic disorder; plural noun: panic disorders; a psychiatric disorder in which debilitating anxiety and fear arise frequently and without reasonable cause.(
  • How many people are affected by your mental illness? Panic Disorder is a serious condition that around one out of every 75 people might experience, about 6 million people being effected by this in as a whole.
  • How can someone tell if they have your mental illness? There are many ways that someone can tell that they have Panic Disorder. For example, symptoms of a panic attack include:
  1. racing heartbeat
  2. difficulty breathing, feeling as though you "can't get enough air"
  3. terror that is almost paralyzing
  4. dizziness, light-headedness or nausea
  5. trembling, sweating, shaking
  6. choking, chest pains
  7. hot flashes, or sudden chills
  8. tingling in fingers or toes ("pins and needles")
  9. fear that you're going to go crazy or are about to die
  • What treatments exist to treat your mental illness? There are treatments that exist that treat this mental illness, in fact that there are many options. It mostly has to do with therapy, such as cognitive therapy and relaxation techniques. These techniques include breathing retraining and positive visualization. There are also medications if necessary. 
  • How can people get help for the treatment of your mental illness?

    Panic attacks and panic disorder are treatable conditions. They can usually be treated successfully with self-help strategies or a series of therapy sessions, which just generally has to do with just contacting someone but, if you would like to do self-help strategies then people can get help that way of talking to a trusted adult to get better.

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