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Panic Disorder

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Joshua Henderson

on 25 September 2012

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PANIC DISORDER A presentation by: Joshua Henderson, Michael Antoine, Corrina Roy, and Amber Sims What is A Panic Disorder?? A panic disorder is characterized by the occurrence of intense attacks of anxiety in specific circumstances and situations and by such symptoms as shortness of breath, chest pain, sweating, dizziness, and fear of dying or of losing mental functioning. The Causes Panic Disorder usually appears during the teens or early adulthood, and while the exact causes are unclear, there does seem to be a connection with stresses like graduating from college, getting married, and so on. Also if a family member has suffered from panic disorder, you have an increased risk of suffering from it yourself, especially during a time in your life that is particularly stressful. A panic attack is a sudden surge of overwhelming fear that comes without warning and without any obvious reason.

In addition to the above symptoms, a panic attack is marked by the following conditions:

*it occurs suddenly, without any warning and without any way to stop it.

*the level of fear is way out of proportion to the actual situation; often, in fact, it's completely unrelated.

*it passes in a few minutes; the body cannot sustain the 'fight or flight' response for longer than that. However, repeated attacks can continue to recur for hours. Effects As you can see, Panic Disorder is a very serious illness. It is a very common illness. Some people in this classroom may be affected with this illness. Do you know anybody that suffers from panic disorder? This video is an example of an anxiety attack... There is no known cure for sudden panic attacks, But there are medicines and treatment to help prevent them.
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