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Panic Disorder Fast Facts
Panic disorder affects an estimated 2.7% of adults in the United States at any given time. Women are approximately twice as likely as men to be affected by panic disorder.
Although panic disorder typically affects adults over the age of 20, approximately 2.3% of adolescents in the United States are estimated to be affected. As with adults, adolescent girls are more likely than adolescent boys to be affected.
Among adults diagnosed with panic disorder, about 45% report that the disorder causes serious impairment in their daily lives. About 30% report moderate impairment, and about 25% report mild impairment.
People with panic disorder also sometimes suffer from agoraphobia, which is a compulsion to avoid situations or places that cause anxiety. Panic disorder coupled with agoraphobia tends to cause the most severe impairment for sufferers.
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Panic Disorder Caregiver Tips
Caring for someone with panic disorder or another anxiety disorder can be extremely difficult. The disorders symptoms not only cause stress for the sufferer, but they can cause high levels of stress in caregivers, loved ones, and the people close to the sufferer, as well. In fact, caregivers themselves are especially at risk of developing anxiety and depression as a result of their caregiving challenges.
Caregivers for someone with panic disorder should consider these tips to help the sufferer and themselves to deal with the disorder: