Panic disorder is diagnosed in people who have abrupt and repetitive attacks of fear that last for several minutes or longer. These are called 'panic attacks' and are identified by a fear of catastrophe or losing control even when there is no real crisis. These panic attacks occur unexpectedly, sometimes even during sleep, and many people with panic disorder worry about and fear the possibility of having another attack. Panic disorder is a serious condition that can affect daily functioning and overall quality of life.
TREATMENT: Psychotherapies such as cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT) including exposure therapy, relaxation training, and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MCBT) can help (minimum 6-10 therapy sessions recommended).
Symptoms Of Panic Disorder
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Helpful Links For Panic Disorder
- Canadian Psychological Association- Panic Disorder fact sheet PDF
- Anxiety and Depression Association of America- Panic Disorder brochure PDF
- National Institute of Mental Health - Offers information and understanding of mental illnesses, including signs and symptoms and treatment of panic attacks.
- Anxiety and Depression Society of America - A comprehensive resource for people and suffer from anxiety and depression.
- For more resources, please visit the Helpful Links Page
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