Panic Disorder

JJ Kett

What Is Panic Disorder?

The DSM defines Panic Disorder as sudden feelings of terror that can strike repeatedly and without any type of warning. (John, 2007)

Origins

In terms of an origin of the disorder, scientists have not found a specific, definite cause, but it is generally believed to be a genetic disorder. People with a family member, especially a parent, that have the disorder are more likely to have it as well.

Symptoms

Statistics

Prevalence

Panic Disorder affects 4% of the American population. That makes up approximately 12.8 million people! (Koerner, 2014)

Gender Breakdown

Women are 2 to 3 times more likely to be diagnosed with a panic disorder rather than men. (Koerner, 2014)

My Personal Relationship With Panic Disorder

I was diagnosed with Anxiety Disorder at a young age when I was in sixth grade. I had my first panic attack during fifth grade, and my parents decided to take me to therapy in the beginning of sixth. When I was younger, I had a lot of trouble coping with the panic attacks. They would affect my life daily, as I would have them at home, in public, at school, in the middle of swim meets, everywhere. They even caused me to get sick sometimes. As I attended therapy more, I began to learn how to deal with the disorder. I learned ways of coping with a panic attack to either prevent them before they started or end them quickly once they began. It was extremely stressful on my parents as well, as they had to help me cope with the disorder. The disorder still affects me greatly to this day, but I have much more control over the attacks than I used to.

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