Panic Disorder's Unpredictability Can Be Worse Than Panic

January 7, 2014 Tanya J. Peterson, MS, NCC

Panic attacks are brief episodes of very intense physical and emotional symptoms that can make someone afraid that he or she is losing control or even dying. In panic disorder, they seem to come out of nowhere, and this, people say, is often worse the the panic attack itself.

The symptoms of a panic attack can be frightening. As horrific as panic attacks are, many people say that the unpredictability of panic disorder is even worse.

Panic disorder is an anxiety disorder centering around panic attacks that occur out of the blue and ostensibly without cause. Many people who live with with panic disorder explain that the fact that there is no clear precipitating event to an attack is itself anxiety provoking. Not knowing when or where a panic attack will strike can keep people constantly on edge.

Panic disorder might be frightening and frustrating, but you don't have to remain stuck with it. In this brief audio, I elaborate a bit on panic disorder.

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Peterson, T. (2014, January 7). Panic Disorder's Unpredictability Can Be Worse Than Panic, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2020, December 4 from

Author: Tanya J. Peterson, MS, NCC

Tanya J. Peterson delivers online and in-person mental health education for students in elementary and middle school. She is the author of numerous anxiety self-help books, including The Morning Magic 5-Minute Journal, The Mindful Path Through Anxiety, 101 Ways to Help Stop Anxiety, The 5-Minute Anxiety Relief Journal, The Mindfulness Journal for Anxiety, The Mindfulness Workbook for Anxiety, Break Free: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in 3 steps, and five critically-acclaimed, award-winning novels about mental health challenges. She also speaks nationally about mental health. Find her on her website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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