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Panic Disorder

By | May 2002
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I. Introduction
A.Panic disorder brings on the fastest and most complex changes known in the human body. B.My purpose today is to inform you on panic disorder.
C.It concerns you because 1/3 of all Americans have a panic attack by the time they're adults, and 3 out of 4 don't receive the treatment they need. D.Today I will discuss…
1.Facts about panic disorder
2.Symptoms
3.Causes and risk factors
4.Treatments
II. Body
A.Facts about panic disorder
1.Mimics some medical conditions causing years of misdiagnosis. Almost everyone who panics believes they have a serious physical illness and goes to 10 or more doctors until they are finally diagnosed. 2.7.2% of all adults or 1 in 15 have panic disorder.

3.1/3 of all Americans have at least one panic attack, ¾ being women. 4.It's the most common emotional disorder, more common than alcohol abuse or depression. 5.Often leads to other complications (i.e.: phobias, depression, and even suicide. ) a.1 out of every 5 untreated sufferers attempt to end their life, never knowing there was treatment. 6.Violent poisons or traumatic injuries have less effect on the body than a panic attack does. B.Symptoms

1.Panic attack- reaches maximum intensity within a minute or two of beginning and diminish slowly over 10 minutes to as long as several hours and occur as much as several times a day to several times a month and can occur in harmless situations and in a lot of cases, wakening you from sleep. a.Raging heartbeat

b.Difficulty breathing, feeling as though you can't get enough air c.Dizziness, lightheadedness, or nausea
d.Trembling, sweating, shaking
e.Choking, chest pains
f.Hot flashes or sudden chills
g.Tingling in fingers or toes
h.Fear you're going crazy or about to die
2.Dissociation
a.Depersonalization- feeling as if you're "outside your body" as though you're standing alongside, above, or behind it b.Derealisation- feel as if you or your surroundings don't seem real,...

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