Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder characterized by recurrent and unexpected panic attacks, which typically peak within the first 10-20 minutes though some might last hours. A panic attack is a sudden episode of intense fear or discomfort that can include physical symptoms such as heart palpitations, chest pain, sweating, shaking, and difficulty breathing.
Sometimes panic disorder gets so bad that the person stops engaging in activities that they think could trigger an attack, severely hampering their ability to function in day-to-day life.
The management may involve a combination of psychotherapy and medication. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is the most effective psychotherapy for panic disorder. Medications such as antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications can also be helpful.
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