by Morgan Morris
What is Panic Disorder?
Panic disorders are characterized by sudden, repeated attacks of fear that can last several minutes or longer. These repeated attacks are called panic attacks, and are characterized by fear of disaster or losing control even when there is no real danger. Having a panic attack may cause harsh physical reactions, and feels like one is experiencing a heart attack. Panic attacks can happen anytime, and may people with panic disorder fear about having another attack.
Causes of Panic Disorder
Signs and Symptoms
- Sudden and repeated attacks of fear
- A feeling of being out of control during an attack
- An intense worry about when the next panic attack will happen
- A fear or avoidance of places where a panic attack has occurred before
- Physical symptoms during an attack are sweating, heavy breathing, weakness, dizziness and chest pain