Panic Disorder involves intense anxiety attacks that seem to come out of nowhere and can feel overwhelming in the moment. At the time, the fact that there is no obvious trigger for the physiological experience of anxiety can make it seem to the sufferer that the problem is medical – panic attacks are often misinterpreted as heart attacks or strokes. Even when it is understood that the problem is the connection between psychology and physiology, the experience of extreme panic is so unpleasant and hard to anticipate that panic disorder sufferers can experience significant anxiety about the possibility of a panic attack – anxiety about anxiety. Some people avoid certain situations or locations where they are concerned they would have a panic attack, and can be diagnosed with Agoraphobia.
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