Panic disorder is an anxiety disorder characterized by recurring panic attacks, causing a series of intense episodes of extreme anxiety during panic attacks. There is no single cause for panic disorder, however, panic disorder has been found to run in families, and suggests that inheritance plays a strong role in determining who will get it. The estimated 5-year prevalence of people in Sweden living with Panic attacks and Panic disorder is 8.4 per 100,000. Prevalence rate for men and women 7.2 and 6.7 per 100,000 respectively in Sweden. Cognitive behavioural therapy and Positive Self Talk specific for panic are the treatment of choice for panic disorder.
A panic attack may be a one-time occurrence, but many people experience repeat episodes. Recurrent panic attacks are often triggered by a specific situation, such as crossing a bridge or speaking in public?especially if that situation has caused a panic attack before. Usually, the panic-inducing situation is one in which you feel endangered and unable to escape.