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Are panic disorder and anxiety disorder the same conditions?

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Dr. Kenneth Adler
Family Medicine 41 years experience
No: Panic disorder is one form of anxiety disorders. Anxiety disorder represent the broader category. Other anxiety disorders besides panic disorder include generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, and phobias.
Dr. Claude Sassoon
Clinical Psychology 23 years experience
Not the same: Anxiety disorders is a general category that includes several specific disorders of anxiety. Some of these are: specific phobia; social phobia; obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, etc. Panic disorder is characterized by recurrent unexpected panic attacks, discrete periods with sudden onset of intense apprehension and feelings of impending doom.
Dr. Bassam Amawi
Psychiatry 50 years experience
They R anxiety : But they r not the same. Anxiety comes in different categories , panic can strike suddenly , peak in 10 minuets, symptoms dizziness , rapid heat beet , shortness if breath , fear if loss if control or death, sweating , shaking and many ends in the er.
Dr. William Holmes
Child Psychiatry 35 years experience
Same, Different: The term anxiety disorder is a general category covering several types of problems. One of these is panic disorder, which is characterized by sudden, intense feelings of panic and fear along with a variety of physical symptoms. There are other types of anixety, including chronic, generalized anxiety, which consists of nervousness on a daily basis.

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