About panic disorder:
-Affects 6 million over the age of 18
-First line biological relative with disorder are 8 times more likely to develop the condition.
-It was not always recognized as a psychiatric condition
-1980 Development of Diagnostic and Statistical Manuel established overall concept of panic disorder.
Anatomy and Physiology of Panic Disorder:
-Breathing dysregulation that sets off our body's "panic button"
-O2-CO2 levels and their ratios go outside of their normal range the brain will give off distress signals.
-Feeling of choking.
-Shortness of breath.
-Sudden and intense feelings of terror, fear or apprehension without actual danger.
-Pounding heart rate followed by chest pain.
-Trembles or shaking.
-Increased heart rate
-Increased awareness to surroundings
*After a panic episode one may feel very tired from all the work your body was doing to make you aware of the panic
How to develop Panic Disorder:
-A phobia of internal sensations is thought to drive a person's avoidance behaviors.
-Misinterpret thoughts and emotions as physical symptoms.
*Mostly occurs in people with agoraphobia (social phobia) 33%
*1/3 of people with panic disorder are also diagnosed as depressed.
*1/5 of people with panic disorder have attempted suicide.
-Looking more in group therapy for people to communicate and get help and support from others with the disorder
-Non medicational ways of dealing with panic disorders.