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date: 19 November 2019

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Panic disorder is a common, often chronic or recurrent, disorder associated with significant distress and dysfunction. Patients with panic disorder experience persistent anxiety about having additional attacks, and worry about the implications or consequences of an attack, and/or change their behavior in response to having panic attacks. In the clinical setting, panic disorder is typically complicated by agoraphobia, that is, anxiety about being in places or situations from which escape might be difficult or embarrassing or in which help may not be available in the event of an attack. Interventions including cognitive behavioral therapy and pharmacotherapy are effective for panic disorder, with this chapter focusing on the medication treatments.

Keywords: agoraphobia, anxiety, cognitive behavioral therapy, panic, pharmacotherapy

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