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.
The estimated 5-year prevalence of people in Israel living with Panic attacks and Panic disorder is 7.6 per 100,000. Total prevalence rate for both sexes in Israel is 7.9 per 100,000. Prevalence rate for men and women 8.6 and 6.6 per 100,000 respectively in Israel. The main treatment options are psychotherapy and medications. One or both types of treatment may be recommended.