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Learn about the symptoms of panic disorder, panic attacks and agoraphobia.

Can I Have a Panic Attack While I’m Sleeping?
People with panic disorder are faced with persistent and often unanticipated panic attacks. These attacks can even wake the panic sufferer while she is sleeping. Nocturnal panic attacks can be difficult to deal with, but treatment options are available. Here you will find more information on nocturnal panic attacks.

The Symptoms of Panic Disorder
Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder with many different physical, emotional, and psychological symptoms. Here you will find information on the most common symptoms of panic disorder.

Top 12 Symptoms of Panic Attacks
Panic attacks are marked by a variety of physical sensations, upsetting emotions, and disturbing thoughts. Here you will find more information on the top signs and symptoms of panic attacks.

Top Signs That You May Have Panic Disorder
Panic disorder is a complicated condition characterized by fear, anxiety, and apprehension. This anxiety disorder involves the experience of persistent and unexpected panic attacks. Listed here are the top 4 signs and symptoms of panic disorder.

What is an Anxiety Attack?
“Anxiety attack” is not a formal, clinical term, but one that is used by many people to describe all sorts of things, from feeling worried about an upcoming event to intense feelings of terror or fear that would meet the diagnostic criteria for a panic attack.

Shortness of Breath
Shortness of breath is a common symptom of panic disorder. When experiencing a panic attack, it can feel as if you are choking or suffocating. Learn more about panic disorder and hyperventilation, including ways to manage this common symptom.

Physical Symptoms of Panic and Anxiety
Anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, are characterized by many upsetting physical symptoms. There are also numerous health conditions that commonly co-occur with panic disorder. Here you will find more about the common physical symptoms and co-occurring conditions of panic and anxiety.

Why Do I Feel Like I Can’t Breathe?
Anxiety can cause symptoms of breathlessness. Most people describe this as a feeling that they can’t get enough air into their lungs or a sensation of smohthering. Why does this happen? What can you do about it?

Panic Disorder Risk Factors
There are certain factors that can influence the risk of developing panic disorder, panic attacks, and agoraphobia. Here you will find information on common risk factors associated with panic disorder.

Depersonalization and Derealization
Depersonalization and derealization are frightening symptoms associated with panic attacks. Learn more about these symptoms and how you can get treatment for panic disorder.

Agoraphobia 101
Agoraphobia is a mental health condition that is often associated with panic disorder. Learn five common FAQs about agoraphobia, including information on diagnosis, prevalence, and treatment options.

Maladaptive Behaviors Associated With Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia
Maladaptive behaviors refer to types of behaviors that inhibit a person’s ability to adjust to particular situations. Maladaptive behaviors are never good because they prevent people from adapting to the demands of life. If you experience frequent panic (anxiety) attacks and have been diagnosed with panic disorder or another anxiety disorder, you may have inadvertently developed maladaptive patterns of behavior to cope with your situation.

Determine and Change Your Self-Defeating Beliefs
Our beliefs greatly influence the way in which we view ourselves. Self-defeating are a common problem for people with anxiety disorders. These beliefs make one feel as though they are not worth love, acceptance, and support. Learn more about self-defeating beliefs and ways to overcome them.

I Can’t Breathe!
Feeling as though you can't breathe during a panic attack can be a freighting experience. Many panic attack sufferers are faced with shortness of breath. Here you will find information on shortness of breath during panic attacks, including causes and coping techniques.

Maladaptive Behaviors: Using Alcohol and Other Drugs to Relieve Anxiety
Abusing alcohol or other drugs to control stress and anxiety is classified as a maladaptive behavior because it provides only temporary relief and actually may create more long-term problems. Substance abuse does not fix the underlying problem and long-term alcohol or drug abuse can lead to tolerance, dependence, and for some, addiction.

Maladaptive Behaviors: Avoiding Feared Situations
Maladaptive behaviors refer to types of behaviors that inhibit a person’s ability to adjust to particular situations. Maladaptive behaviors are never good because they prevent people from adapting to the demands of life. Maladaptive behaviors are often used to reduce anxiety, but the result is dysfunctional and non-productive.

Top 4 Signs You May Have Panic Disorder
What are the top 4 signs of panic disorder?

Physical Symptoms of Panic Attacks and Anxiety
People with panic disorder usually experience physical symptoms associated with panic attacks and anxiety. Sometimes these physical symptoms send sufferers to emergency rooms and doctors offices in an attempt to uncover an underlying medical illness. Here you will find a brief overview of some of the common physical symptoms associated with panic attacks and anxiety.

Defense Mechanisms
Defense mechanisms can be barriers to change. On the surface they sometimes appear to help us reduce anxiety, but they can become a problem.

Depersonalization, Derealization and Panic Disorder
Depersonalization and derealization can be symptoms of a panic attack or extreme anxiety. These symptoms can be very disturbing, and leave you wondering if you are going insane. But, rest assured you are not. Here you will find information about depersonalization and derealization symptoms and treatment.

Common Foods That May Contribute to Headaches and Migraines
About 50% to 66% of women and 35% to 40% of men who have panic disorder suffer from frequent headaches. And, people with panic disorder are up to seven times more likely to suffer the most severe of all headaches: migraine. Some experts believe that certain dietary triggers can contribute to troubling headache symptoms.

Worry and Anxiety
Worry can be normal and even beneficial in certain circumstances, but worry becomes a problem when it is chronic, consuming and leads to anxious avoidance and inhibition. Chronic worry can make recovery from panic disorder, anxiety or agoraphobia more difficult.

Shortness of Breath: Panic Disorder and Hyperventilation
Many people with panic disorder experience shortness of breath or sensations that they are smothering. Most people describe this as a feeling that they canÂ’t get enough air into their lungs. Hyperventilation or over breathing may be contributing to your frightening symtpoms. Learn what you can do to breath easier.

Anticipatory Anxiety and Panic Disorder
If you have panic disorder, you may find yourself anxiously anticipating many life events -- driving to work, going into a store, attending a social gathering and many other activities. Anticipatory anxiety may cause you to feel so anxious that it interfere with your ability to fully function in your everyday life. Here you will learn how to deal with anticipatory anxiety.

What are the Symptoms of Panic Disorder?
The symptoms of panic disorder can be quite frigthening. Here is a review of these symptoms.

Headache Symptoms and Panic Disorder
If you have panic disorder, you may experience frequent headache symptoms. These troubling symptoms can range from moderate throbbing to a debilitating migraine. Here you will find information about headache symptoms and panic disorder.

Chest Pain Symptoms and Panic Disorder
About 40% of people with panic disorder experience pain in their chest. Chest pain or discomfort is listed in the DSM-IV-TR under the symptoms associated with a panic attack. Learn more about this often troubling symptom and its relation to panic disorder.

Gastrointestinal (GI) Symptoms and Anxiety Disorders
Gastrointestinal (GI) disturbances are common medical conditions that often include stomach pain, heartburn, diarrhea, constipation, nausea and vomiting. Here you will find information about how GI disturbances are associated with panic and other anxiety disorders.

Types of Panic Attacks
Panic attacks are the main symptom of panic disorder, but these attacks can also occur with other mental health conditions. Panic attacks are classified in to categories: expected and unexpected. Here you will find additional information on the symptoms, diagnosis, and types of panic attacks.

Signs and Symptoms of an Anxiety Disorder
Anxiety Disorders: Do You Know the Signs of an Anxiety Disorder? Here you will find information and referral sources published by the American Psychological Association.

Panic Disorder and Sleep Issues
People with anxiety disorders are often more susceptible to developing sleep disturbances. Worry, anxiety, or panic attacks may be keeping you from getting the proper amount of rest. Here you will learn about common sleep issues associated with panic disorder.

Interesting Facts About Panic Attacks
Panic attacks are often misunderstood by the general public and even by those who are faced with these symptoms. Here you will find some interesting facts about panic attacks.

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