Panic disorder is a pattern of repeated, unexpected panic attacks. Panic attacks are sudden, strong feelings of fear or anxiety along with symptoms like shortness of breath, dizziness, or a pounding heart.
A panic attack is scary, but it isn't life-threatening. Counseling and medicines can reduce or get rid of panic attacks.
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Christine R. Maldonado PhD - Behavioral Health