Panic Disorder (01:37)
Patients often believe their panic attacks are heart attacks, and change their behavior to avoid perceived environmental triggers.
Panic Attacks (03:15)
Hear a DSM-IV definition and symptoms. Panic attacks are intense and episodic; types include unexpected, situational, and situationally predisposed. Patients frequently visit the emergency department, suspecting a heart attack. The fight-or-flight response is believed to be triggered erroneously.
Diagnosing Panic Disorder (03:32)
Some people experience panic attacks without developing panic disorder. Learn about diagnostic criteria, typical onset age, and risk factors. The condition often coexists with depression and substance abuse, and can be mistaken for a physical disease.
People with panic disorder may restrict their daily activities, fearing panic attacks outside their home. Although agoraphobia can occur independently, it is often associated with panic disorder.
Diagnosing Agoraphobia (02:06)
Learn about DSM-IV diagnostic criteria and risk factors.
Treating Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia (06:01)
Medical and psychiatric conditions can coexist. Panic disorder responds to psychotherapy and medications. Learn about cognitive and behavioral therapy approaches, including exposure therapy.
Credits: Panic Disorders and Agoraphobia (00:46)
Credits: Panic Disorders and Agoraphobia
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