A panic attack is a sudden episode of intense fear that triggers severe physical reactions when there is no real danger or apparent cause. Panic attacks can be very frightening. It's not known what causes panic attacks or panic disorder, but these factors may play a role: Genetics; Major stress; Temperament that is more sensitive to stress or prone to negative emotions; Certain changes in the way parts of your brain function.
4,800 Canadians will be diagnosed with Panic attacks and Panic disorder. 4,600 Canadians chances (probability) of developing or dying from Panic attacks and Panic disorder. The main treatment options are psychotherapy and medications. One or both types of treatment may be recommended.