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Monstrosity of Panic Disorder The purpose of this paper is to understand Panic Disorder and symptoms, types of the disorder, treatment, and relation to other disorders and how it affects people in general. Included, is a case study of Sarah ,who suffered with a panic disorder. Panic Disorder is when someone experiences unexpected panic attacks followed by at least one month of persistent concern about having another panic attack, worrying about the possible consequences of the panic attacks, or a behavioral change related to the attacks . Panic Disorder is not a disease. It may be assessed, but not definitively diagnosed. This disorder is distressing and disabling, physically, psychologically, and socially. One symptom of Panic Disorder is unexpected panic attacks. At least two panic attacks are required for diagnosis. Attacks may last from several seconds to several minutes. Doctors believe that every attack has a situational trigger and an essential feature .Another symptom of the disorder is constant concern and worry. The most common trait found in all Panic Disorder patients is a fear of being embarrassed. ...read more.


In this paper we are going to look at four different types of Anxiety Disorders. The first type is Anxiety Disorder due to a general medical condition. Anxiety Disorder due to a general medical condition is diagnosed whenever a panic attack is thought to be a direct physiological consequences. Tests done on physical and mental health, help to determine what the role of the general medical condition is. The second type of Anxiety Disorder is Substance-Induced Anxiety Disorder. It is nearly the same as the first type mention, only instead of being a consequence of a medical disorder; it is a consequence of a substance. The substance could be a number of different things including a drug or medication. Nervous system depressants and stimulants can also trigger a panic attack .The third type of anxiety disorder is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. There are many people who suffer with this type. Whenever someone has an obsession and views an object that triggers their obsession it could lead straight into a panic attack. An example is someone who is obsessed with cleanliness; the item that triggered the attack could possibly be dirt. ...read more.


Behavioral therapy is meant to help patients confront fearful situations. Another treatment used is plain supportive, sympathetic listening. The last kind of treatment is Medication. Medications are a way to get Panic Disorders under control. However, some people become very dependant on these drugs because they are antidepressants. Sixty percent of people, who stop taking medication after the first year, are back on the medication by there third year. Only one drug named alprazolam had ever came on the market for successfully treating panic disorder. There have been other drugs such as Xanax and Klonopin, which have said to reduce panic attacks. Sarah has been on paxil (paroxetine) for about three years now and has used cognitive behavioral therapy to take control of her situations. Medications and cognitive-behavioral therapy can effectively reduce or prevent panic attacks in anywhere form seventy to ninety percent of those who suffer from the disorder. Of course, with every disorder or disease, there comes consequences. People suffering from Panic Disorder usually have trouble with their social and marital relationships. It gives a person poor physical, as well as mental health. If a person suffering with panic attacks use alcohol or if they are taking drugs it can lead to an increased risk of suicide attempts ...read more.

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