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Panic Disorder

Panic disorder may be present in up to 8% of primary care patients. About 3.5% of individuals experience the disorder sometime in their life.

Clinical Evaluation

The initial panic attack often occurs after a stressful period, such as the death of a loved one or a separation. Panic attacks occur most commonly in patients 15 to

A panic attack is defined as a discrete period of intense fear or discomfort accompanied by at least 4 of 13 somatic symptoms.