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Panic Disorder

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Panic Disorder is an anxiety disorder based primarily on the occurrence of panic attacks, which are recurrent and often unexpected. It is the experience of recurrent panic attacks, with 1 or more attacks followed by at least 1 month of fear of another panic attack or significant maladaptive behavior related to the attacks. A panic attack is an abrupt period of intense fear or discomfort. Patients with panic disorder frequently present to the emergency department with chest pain, fearing that they are having a heart attack. They commonly report a sudden unexpected and spontaneous onset of fear or discomfort, typically reaching a peak within 10 minutes. It's important to note that a panic disorder diagnosis must rule out other potential causes for the panic attack.

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