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What causes panic disorder? Are the causes genetic or environmental? Here you will find in depth answers to these questions, and more, about the causes of panic disorder.

Causes of Panic Disorder
The exact cause of panic disorder is currently unknown. However, the are different theories that examine possible contributing factors to panic disorder. Here you will find more on different theories regarding the causes of panic disorder.

Gene Linked to Anxiety Disorders
In a study published in the August, 2008 issue of Behavioral Neuroscience, researchers looked at common variations of the gene COMT (catechol-O-methyltransferase) as a possible suspect in the development of anxiety disorders, including panic disorder.

What is the Fight-or-Flight Response?
The fight-or-flight response is a reaction that many people experience when faced with fearful or anxiety-inducing situations. This stress reaction may be triggered more frequently among people with anxiety disorders. Here you will find more information on the fight-or-flight response and how it relates to panic disorder.

What Causes Panic Disorder?
Several theories have been developed to explain the cause of panic disorder. Here you will find information about the genetic, environmental, metabolic and biological influences believed to play a part in the development of panic disorder.

The Fight or Flight Theory of Panic Disorder?
What is the fight or flight response and how is it related to panic disorder?

Biological Theories of Panic Disorder
A discussion of the biological theories of the cause of panic disorder.

The Human Brain: How Brain Cells Communicate With Each Other
Panic disorder has been linked to chemical imbalances in the brain. Here you will find information about the brain’s communication process using chemical messengers and what chemicals have been associated with panic disorder.

Neurotransmitters: The Chemical Messengers of the Brain
For optimal brain function, neurotransmitters (chemical messengers) must be carefully balanced and orchestrated. Here you will find information about the neurotransmitters associated with many psychological and behavioral illnessnes, including panic disorder.

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