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Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder. Panic attacks are the most common symptom of this disorder. With panic disorder, the attacks are unpredictable, and people may have intense anxiety between panic attacks. People can learn effective ways to live with this disorder. But without treatment, panic disorder can keep people from carrying out normal routines, or even going to school or work.
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Mental Health Services Locator — This website will help you locate mental health treatment facilities and support services in your state.
Panic Attacks, Panic Disorder, and Agoraphobia (Copyright © American Academy of Family Physicians) — This online resource provides information on panic disorders, including what will happen during an attack and things you can do to relieve an attack.
Panic Disorder — This publication provides information about panic disorders, including what they are, how they are treated, and examples of co-existing conditions.
Panic Disorder & Agoraphobia (Copyright © Anxiety Disorders Association of America) — This web page describes panic attack and its link to agoraphobia. There are a number of links to personal stories of people with panic disorder and how they have overcome their panic attacks.
Panic Disorder (Copyright © American Psychiatric Association) — This fact sheet explains the symptoms of panic attacks and offers advice about how to talk to your doctor. It also discusses the benefits of cognitive-behavioral therapy and how you can overcome panic disorder.
Panic Disorder (Copyright © Mental Health America) — This fact sheet provides an overview of panic disorder, its symptoms, and possible treatment methods.
Screening for Panic Disorder (Copyright © Anxiety Disorders Association of America) — Take this test to see if you might have panic disorder. Your results can help your doctor decide if you have panic disorder.
When Fear Overwhelms: Panic Disorder — This easy-to-read publication describes all the important information about panic disorder. It includes information about paying for treatment, as well as a personal story from someone who has panic disorder.
Connect with other organizations
American Psychological Association
Anxiety Disorders Association of America
Freedom From Fear
Mental Health America
National Alliance on Mental Illness
National Institute of Mental Health, NIH, HHS
National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse
Content last updated September 22, 2009.
Resources last updated September 22, 2009.
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