Panic Disorder is a type of anxiety disorder characterized by recurrent, unexpected episodes of intense fear and anxiety. These attacks can be extremely frightening, even though they are not physically dangerous.
Panic attacks are a well-known symptom of panic disorder, but they are not the only symptom. There are a range of behavioural, psychological, and physiological signs associated with this type of anxiety disorder. Physiological signs include palpitations, sweating, trembling, feelings of choking, chest pain or discomfort, nausea or abdominal distress, dizziness, chills, numbness or tingling sensations, and depersonalisation. Behavioural signs may include avoiding situations, physical activity that could trigger a panic attack, placing oneself close to exits in a room, and being accompanied to places by a friend or family member in anticipation of a panic attack. Psychological signs include worrying about future panic attacks, fear of having a heart attack, fear of dying, and feelings of loss of control.
Panic Disorder is a type of anxiety disorder that often develops after a period of intense stress or a major life event such as the death of a loved one or a serious illness. It has been found to have a genetic component, meaning that it may be more likely to occur in those with a family history of the disorder. If your symptoms of panic disorder are causing disruption in your life, it is important to get help from a professional. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Schema Therapy can all be effective treatments for panic disorder. Panic attacks can cause physical and intense sensations which can lead to fear of it happening again. This fear can lead to avoiding certain situations, reinforcing the symptoms and perpetuating the problem.