Panic Attacks And Panic Disorder

Though you desperately wish to flee, you find yourself helplessly frozen. Your heart is racing. Your chest is pounding. You cant catch your breath. You feel lightheaded. You feel faint.
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Panic disorder affects about 2.4 million adult Americans. Panic disorder most often begins during late adolescence and early adulthood. It is twice as common in women as in men. How Is Panic Disorder Diagnosed? If symptoms of panic disorder are present, the doctor will begin an evaluation by performing a complete medical history and physical exam. Although there are no lab tests to specifically diagnose panic disorder, the doctor may use various tests to look for physical illness as the cause of symptoms. If no physical illness is found, you may be referred to a psychiatrist or psychologist, mental health professionals who are specially trained to diagnose and treat mental illnesses. Psychiatrists and psychologists use specially designed interview and assessment tools to evaluate a person for panic disorder.
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Anxious parents often have anxious children, study shows | Deseret News

Getty Images Enlarge photo Summary Parents with anxiety disorders are more likely to have children who suffer from similar anxiety. The key to overcoming the anxiety is to not shield the child from their fear, but to give him or her the skills to cope. This story is part of the Deseret News National Edition , which focuses on the issues that resonate with American families. Anxiety disorders are common in children, and new research shows they may be partially hereditary. “As many as 65 percent of children of parents with anxiety disorders meet criteria for an anxiety disorder,” wrote Golda Ginsberg, a researcher for John Hopkins University School of Medicine, in a report about childhood anxiety . The study followed 40 families that all had at least one parent with an anxiety disorder and no children who exhibited symptoms. Half the families received therapy through a “coping and promoting strength program,” and half received no therapy.
Source: Anxious parents often have anxious children, study shows | Deseret News

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