Panic Disorder is a type of anxiety disorder that can affect many areas of life. Panic disorder is characterized by intense fear of something bad happening. The primary symptom is severe panic attacks that begin suddenly and often last 10-20 minutes or more. Panic disorder is often linked to high levels of general anxiety. Symptoms of anxiety disorders include a near-constant presence of worry or nervousness, even when there is no obvious reason to be worried.
Symptoms of Panic Disorders
Often times panic attacks result in a physical response such as chest pain, dizziness, trembling, hyperventilation, sweating, chills, nausea, and numbness. For some people, a panic attack can feel like a heart attack. Panic attacks tend to last between 10 and 20 minutes. After the first attack, many people fear having another panic attack, which can trigger subsequent episodes. A panic disorder disrupts a person’s ability to follow routines such as going to work.
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If You Cannot Work
Panic disorder can interfere with your daily life and your ability to work. Treating with a psychiatrist is important. Getting the help you need also establishes a medical record of your condition, which can be used to prove that you are disabled to the Social Security Administration. If you are treating with a psychiatrist and your panic disorder prevents you from working for at least 12 months, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits.
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