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The main feature of Panic Disorder With Agoraphobia is unexpected and recurrent Panic Attacks, along with Agoraphobia. The frequency and severity of these unexpected and recurrent attacks vary widely from individual to individual. Sometimes attack occur ever day, then sometime once ever few months. Some attacks may be long and some may be short you never know. These attacks come when they feel like it, giving the person great apprehension about the next attack.
COMMON: Adolescence to mid-30s.
LESS COMMON: Childhood or after 45.
NOT DUE TO A SUBSTANCE, GENERAL MEDICAL CONDITION, OR OTHER DISORDER.
SEE: CAUSING ANXIETY.
Must have had unexpected and recurrent Panic Attacks along with at least one of the following:
1. Persistent concerns of having more Panic Attacks.
2. Concerns about the meaning or consequences of the Panic Attacks.
( E.g., lose of control, feelings of going "crazy", or of having a heart attack )
3. Significant behavioral changes related from the Panic Attacks.
Agoraphobia must also be presence.
Panic Attacks can not be due to drug abuse, general medical condition, medication, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Separation Anxiety Disorder, Social Phobia, or Specific Phobia.
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