Panic Disorder

By David duffy

Panic Disorder is a serious condition that around one out of every 75 people might experience. It usually appears during the teens or early adulthood, and while the exact causes are unclear, there does seem to be a connection with major life transitions that are potentially stressful: graduating from college, getting married, having a first child, and so on. There is also some evidence for a genetic predisposition; if a family member has suffered from panic disorder, you have an increased risk of suffering from it yourself, especially during a time in your life that is particularly stressful.

There are more than a dozen physical or emotional sensations that a person can experience during a panic attack. Not everyone experiences all of them, and people with panic disorder may report different feelings when having an attack.

If not recognized and treated, panic disorder can be devastating because it can interfere with relationships, schoolwork, employment and normal development. It is not uncommon for a person with panic disorder to experience an anxious feeling even between attacks. People with panic disorder will begin to avoid situations where they fear an attack may occur or situations where help might not be available. This happens with both adults and children with panic disorder.

Treatment can bring significant relief to 70 percent to 90 percent of people with panic disorder, and early treatment can help keep the disease from progressing to the later stages where agoraphobia develops. Some ways of getting help for panic disorder is going to your family doctor who can prescribe a medication. Or you can see a therapist and talk about certain things that can help reduce your stress. Sometimes just talking to someone about things that may be stressing you out will help reduce stress. Or he or she may tell you other ways to reduce stress. One was to reduce stress is regular exercise.

Since I have some family members that have dealt with this, I know it can be a very scary disorder. I know that from the time the first person had it when it wasn't known or maybe just not talked about as much to now there is a lot more help out there. This makes it more bearable and treatable, which is a good thing. So hopefully someday nobody has to deal with such a scary disorder.

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