Panic Disorder

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What is Panic Disorder?

Panic Disorder (PD) involves the fearful experience of recurrent and unexpected panic attacks, in situations that are of little danger.

What is panic?

  • Severe panic sensations can happen to anyone
  • Whereas anxiety in general is about worrying about something not turning out right in the future, panic tends to focus more on the present and involve feelings such as a fear of losing control, a sense of approaching danger and feeling helpless

Who gets PD?

  • PD usually starts suddenly, from mid-to late twenties, although children can also develop PD and it may emerge in adulthood
  • Stressful life events are common at the time it first develops
  • Approximately 3 in 100 people have PD over a 12 month period, or 2.6% of Australian adults
Page last updated 22-Dec-2009