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Panic disorder

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Introduction
Find everything you need to know about Panic Disorder including causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, with links to other useful resources.
Symptoms of panic disorder
The symptoms of a panic attack can be very frightening and distressing. Symptoms tend to occur very suddenly, without warning and often for no apparent
Causes of panic disorder
As with many mental health conditions, the exact cause of panic disorder is not fully understood. It is thought that panic disorder is probably caused by a
Diagnosing panic disorders
Everyone who has panic disorder will experience panic attacks. However, not everyone who experiences panic attacks is diagnosed with panic disorder.Some
Treating panic disorder
The main aim of treatment for panic disorder is to reduce the number of panic attacks that you have, and to help ease the severity of your symptoms. The two
Things you can do to help yourself
There are several self-help techniques that you can use to help treat the symptoms of panic disorder yourself. Some of these techniques are listed below. If
Complications of panic disorder
Panic disorder is a treatable condition. However, in order to make a full recovery, it is very important that you seek medical help as soon as possible. This
'It totally devastated my life...we became hermits'
Colin Hammond describes how panic attacks affected his life and became a series of phobias and anxieties, and how therapy helped his
'Even the thought of going into my garden made me panic'
Claire Ledger suffered her first panic attack while shopping in her local high street.  Claire, 26, was unable to explain the experience. She initially