With around 40 million sufferers in the United States alone, panic disorder is one of the most common mental disorders around today. It is characterized by panic attacks or episodes of fear and terror that cannot be controlled and occur for no apparent reason. You may be reading a book, watching a mild TV program, or driving in your car when suddenly a panic attack occurs.
Panic attacksalsotend to reoccur. This results in persistent fear of panic attacks, so that people who suffer from them may change the things they do to avoid them. It is in this way that living in fear of panic attacks can severely affect the quality of life. For example, if you have a panic attack at the grocery store, you may have someone else do your shopping. If you have an attack while driving, you may limit your driving. Some people may avoid social situations, and in severe cases, one may even avoid leaving the house altogether. The disorder can disable some people to such an extent that they are unable to attend work or school. Fortunately, this condition is manageable with proper treatment and support.Read on to learn more about panic disorder and some helpful lifestyle tips to help.