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Panic Disorders
(PS008)

Introduction


A panic attack is a discrete period of intense fear of discomfort accompanied by a number of defined symptoms (see below). Some persons experience only one attack in their lives and never experience another. However, persons who have recurrent attacks are said to have panic disorder (PD) and can experience significant disability if untreated.

PD is defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual 4th edition (DSM-IV) as recurrent panic attacks presenting in conjunction with persistent concern over additional episodes, worry over the significance or consequences of the attacks, and/or a notable change in related behavior experienced for one month (or longer) following at least one of the attacks.

PD affects between 3 and 6 million Americans. It affects women twice as commonly as men, and can occur at any age but most often begins in young adults.

During the past 2 decades, there have been significant advances in the treatment of PD, and a range of therapeutic choices is now available. Anxiety disorders are generally treated by a combination approach utilizing both medication and behavioral therapy.

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