Panic disorder is diagnosed in people who have abrupt and repetitive attacks of fear that last for several minutes or longer. These are called panic attacks and are identified by a fear of catastrophe or of losing control even when there is no real crisis. Panic attacks occur unexpectedly, sometimes even during sleep and many people with panic disorders worry about and fear the possibility of having another attack. Panic disorders are a serious condition and can affect daily functioning and general quality of life.
SYMPTOMS OF PANIC DISORDERS