Panic Disorder's Unpredictability Can Be Worse Than Panic

Panic attacks are brief episodes of very intense physical and emotional symptoms that can make someone afraid that he or she is losing control or even dying. In panic disorder, they seem to come out of nowhere, and this, people say, is often worse the the panic attack itself.

The symptoms of a panic attack can be frightening. As horrific as panic attacks are, many people say that the unpredictability of panic disorder is even worse.

Panic disorder is an anxiety disorder centering around panic attacks that occur out of the blue and ostensibly without cause. Many people who live with with panic disorder explain that the fact that there is no clear precipitating event to an attack is itself anxiety provoking. Not knowing when or where a panic attack will strike can keep people constantly on edge.

Panic disorder might be frightening and frustrating, but you don't have to remain stuck with it. In this brief audio, I elaborate a bit on panic disorder.

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Peterson, T. (2014, January 7). Panic Disorder's Unpredictability Can Be Worse Than Panic, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 23 from

Author: Tanya J. Peterson, MS, NCC, DAIS

Tanya J. Peterson is the author of numerous anxiety self-help books, including The Morning Magic 5-Minute Journal, The Mindful Path Through Anxiety, 101 Ways to Help Stop Anxiety, The 5-Minute Anxiety Relief Journal, The Mindfulness Journal for Anxiety, The Mindfulness Workbook for Anxiety, and Break Free: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in 3 steps. She has also written five critically acclaimed, award-winning novels about life with mental health challenges. She delivers workshops for all ages and provides online and in-person mental health education for youth. She has shared information about creating a quality life on podcasts, summits, print and online interviews and articles, and at speaking events. Tanya is a Diplomate of the American Institution of Stress helping to educate others about stress and provide useful tools for handling it well in order to live a healthy and vibrant life. Find her on her website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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