Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia

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Individuals with panic disorder have frequent panic attacks that may seem to come on out of the blue and they fear their next panic attack. Panic attacks usually begin in adulthood, but children and adolescents can experience panic attacks as well.

People can have Panic Disorder with or without Agoraphobia. Agoraphobia is when a person fears and attempts to avoid places or situations that they fear may bring on their next panic attack.

Some commonly avoided places and situations for those with Agoraphobia are:

Public transportation....subways, trains, buses, planes

Personal Transportation.....difficulty driving or being a passenger

Large Crowds....concerts, sports arenas, festivals

These avoidances tend to worsen over time and can lead to a person becoming housebound. This is NOT because they fear leaving their home but because their avoidances restrict their ability to leave the house.