Panic Disorder impacts 2-3% of people in the US and is twice as common in women than in men.
Panic Disorder is a very uncomfortable experience. People living with panic disorder experience spontaneous panic surges that may seem to come out of the blue. Because these experiences are so unpredictable and unwelcome, people will begin to fear a recurring panic attack.
It is possible to have a panic episode at any time, even when waking up from sleep. The average age of onset usually begins after age 20, however, children may experience panic episodes.
What’s It Like to Live with Panic Disorder?
People will often refer to an episode as “panic attack.” They report a preoccupation with fear that they will have a panic attack at any moment and become anxious at the thought of panic. This fear can interfere with daily life. People will often avoid any thing they associate with an attack. So, they will begin avoiding any association where they fear they might experience a panic attack.
Many people attempt to hide their panic episodes because they fear they will not be taken seriously. A panic attack feels very threatening in the body. Due to a change in breathing, the upper chest muscles tighten and many people fear they are having a heart attack or will be unable to breathe and lose consciousness.
Like generalized anxiety disorder and social anxiety, panic disorder is highly responsive to treatment.
Please request either provider, Kama Jensen or Erin Hagen, when calling to schedule an appointment to discuss care for panic attacks.