Panic Disorder is a type of anxiety disorder characterized by recurrent and unexpected panic attacks. These panic attacks are intense episodes of extreme fear or discomfort that occur suddenly and reach a peak within minutes. Panic attacks are often accompanied by physical symptoms, such as a racing heart, shortness of breath, chest pain, trembling, dizziness, and a sense of impending doom or loss of control.
Individuals with Panic Disorder live with a constant fear of experiencing future panic attacks, which can lead to significant changes in behavior as they try to avoid situations or places that they associate with panic attacks. This fear of having another attack can result in limited mobility, avoidance of social activities, and overall impairment in daily functioning.