Panic disorder is an anxiety disorder characterized by unexpected and repeated episodes of intense fear accompanied by physical symptoms that may include chest pain, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness, or abdominal distress. These episodes occur “out of the blue“, not in conjunction with a known fear or stressor.
A panic attack usually passes in 5 to 10 minutes, and it can feel like you’re having a heart attack or a stroke. Panic disorder clinical trials, like those at CNS Healthcare, can help you explore new options for your symptoms. Interested in trying a new panic disorder treatment at no cost? Find out more about enrolling panic disorder clinical trials available by selecting one of the below locations near you. Use the form on the page to schedule a free, in-office consultation to find out if a panic disorder trial is right for you.
Doctors don’t know exactly what causes panic disorder, but one possibility is that the brains of people who have it may be especially sensitive in responding to fear.
A few things can make you more likely to have panic disorder:
Pain disorder may start after:
People with this disorder often also have major depression, although there is no evidence that one condition causes the other. There isn’t a lab test specifically for panic disorder. Because the symptoms can feel a lot like those of a heart attack, your doctor probably will start by examining you and ruling out other health issues. If no other condition is causing your symptoms and you’ve had two or more random panic attacks and live in fear of a repeat episode, you probably have panic disorder.