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A report from the World Health Organization and the Harvard School of Public Health said that panic disorder was the fifth most disabling mental health problem in the developed world. It’s estimated that almost 1 to 2 percent of the general population will suffer with panic disorder in any given year, and approximately 5 percent of the population will experience panic disorder at some point in their lives.
While living with a panic disorder certainly makes life less than pleasant, it’s very treatable. Mars & Venus Counseling Center is devoted to the care and comfort of every patient. He maintains a position at the forefront of advances in care and offers effective solutions.
Panic disorder causes a person to experience repeated, sudden and overwhelming attacks of fear and anxiety. The attacks that surge and peak quickly and can last from several minutes or longer. Feelings of being out of control accompanied by fears of doom or death can dominate a person’s thoughts. Panic attacks can occur unexpectedly and for no apparent reason.
An individual who has a panic disorder experiences persistent anxiety about having another attack. Also, the intense emotions associated with a panic attack often go along with a variety of physical symptoms, including a racing heartbeat or palpitations, dizziness and feeling like you can’t breathe or think clearly. Repeated panic attacks can result in a diminished quality of life, interfere with the performance of daily activities, and lead to social isolation as well as other mental health conditions.
The onset of this disorder often starts during the teenage years and in young adulthood. Women are twice as likely as men to develop the condition. While the exact causes remain unknown, a genetic predisposition and environmental factors that create stress may contribute to its development.
By New Jersey Centers for Counseling
April 16, 2020