A panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder that causes
terror stricken paralysis in an otherwise quite normal person.
The symptoms of panic disorders can occur at any time and
cannot be predicted or stopped once they begin.
People with panic disorders have panic attacks during which
their breathing quickens, they feel sweaty, faith, dizzy and
scared. Some people feel sick to their stomachs, or feel as
though they are drifting away from reality. Others feel as
though they are going out of control or they are about to
die but cannot do anything about it.
Most panic disorders reach their worst point at about ten
minutes but often the symptoms and the aftermath can last
much longer. Depending upon where a panic attack takes place
a person may develop new fears associated with the location
and situation of their panic attacks. These fears can mount
and multiply making it almost impossible for a person to live
Just like many other diseases such as cancer and diabetes,
researchers believe anxiety disorders can be inherited or
the risk for developing these disorders. For some people,
they do not even realize that they are suffering from a treatable
disorder until they go to emergency care for a severe panic
attack. Depression often accompanies panic disorders because
a person may be so unhappy and anxious that they become depressed
about the state of his/her life.
Although panic attacks and depression can both be painful
and hard to manage there is treatment to which these disorders
have responded to significantly well. Panic disorders are
the most treatable of the anxiety disorders because they respond
well to prescribed medications and psychotherapy.
People who have treated their panic disorders also engage
in support groups where they can help others who are still
suffered from anxiety's negative effects. With proper treatment,
maintenance and regular visits with a specialist, people with
panic disorders can live normal, happy lives that are relatively