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Childhood Abuse/Trauma Linked to Panic Disorder

By December 21, 2008

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On the Panic Disorder Forum, mrsellen writes:

I had an abusive childhood and had a hard time believing that its really okay to be happy and that we all deserve some pleasure in this life.

If you are a survivor of child abuse and also have an anxiety disorder, you are not alone. There are many studies that show a connection between childhood abuse and/or trauma and the development of panic disorder or other anxiety disorders in adulthood.

If you are an adult survivor of child abuse and have an anxiety disorder, you should discuss your past abuse with a healthcare provider. Your treatment plan should include addressing your anxiety as well as healing your past trauma. Additionally, you can find support at About.com Abuse/Incest Support.

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