Panic Disorder: Did You Know?

  • In the U.S., 1.6% of adults (3 million) will have Panic Disorder in their lifetime.
  • First degree relatives of those with PD are 17x more likely to have PD than the general population
  • 30% of people with PD abuse alcohol
  • Twice as many woman as men have PD
  • Most panic attacks start in the mid 20’s
  • Proper treatment reduces or prevents panic attacks in 70-90% of cases
  • 29-44% of those with PD also have Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • 43% of ER patients with chest pain actually have PD
  • Panic patients may see an average of 10 doctors before a correct diagnosis is made
  • 50% of those with PD will have clinical depression during their lifetime.
  • PD is abnormal activation of the part of the brain called the amygdala
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