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Panic Disorder

Panic disorder occurs when someone has repeated panic attacks with no apparent cause or fixed trigger. This can lead to a relatively constant state of fear of another panic attack, leading to a loop in which fear of a panic attack will lead to more panic attacks. Always remember that only a licensed therapist can suggest best therapy for panic disorder.

Panic Disorder

Facts To Know!!

  • Good diet and exercise can positively impact panic disorder.
  • Generally, panic disorder occurs in people between the ages of 20 and 40 but it can also affect children and the elderly.
  • Panic disorder is often misdiagnosed as a thyroid condition.
  • The average length of panic attacks are 4-6 minutes.
  • Panic disorder is twice as common in women as it is in men.

Panic Disorder

Watch short video introduction on what Panic Disorder looks like.

What causes Panic Disorder?

  • Fear and worry are the two main causes of panic disorder.

  • Panic disorder can happen due to hypoglycaemia i.e. low blood sugar.

  • Panic disorder tends to be linked to significant changes in life such as graduating from college and entering the workplace, getting married or delivering a baby.

  • Severe stress or trauma, such as the death of a loved one, divorce, or job loss can also lead to panic disorder.

Feeling of fear

Difficulty swallowing

Breathing shortness

Pounding heartbeat

Chest or stomach ache




Symptoms of Panic Disorder?


  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - This technique challenges unhelpful thoughts and beliefs.

  • Psychotherapy- This therapy is done through talk therapy.

  • Medication- Antidepressant medications are usually used to treat panic disorders.

  • Supportive Psychotherapy-This technique is all about general information and realistic hope for improvement shared by the therapist to client about the disorder.

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