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Panic Disorder

  • James D. Helsley
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Practitioners frequently encounter patients suffering from panic disorder symptoms. The symptoms may present in an obvious fashion or remain more subtle and hard to distinguish from common medical problems. The practitioner should always remain alert for the presentation of a patient with symptoms of panic disorder. The successful diagnosis and treatment of these patients is a deeply rewarding endeavor.

Definition

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th edition, text revision (DSM-IV-TR), panic disorder is defined as recurrent, unexpected panic attacks, which are episodes of intense fear and apprehension. The signs and symptoms of a panic attack include the following as listed in Table 7.1.
Table 7.1.

Signs and symptoms of panic attack

• Overwhelming feeling of doom, fear of dying

• Palpitations, pounding heart, increased heart rate

• Sweating

• Sensation of shortness of breath or smothering

• Sensation of choking or blocked airway

• Feeling dizzy,...

Keywords

Anxiety Disorder Social Anxiety Disorder Panic Disorder Anxiety Sensitivity Panic Attack 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • James D. Helsley
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  1. 1.West Virginia University Student Health ServiceMorgantownUSA

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