11 doctors weighed in:

How do you distinguish the difference between anxiety and panic disorder?

11 doctors weighed in
Dr. K. Olson
Psychiatry
8 doctors agree

In brief: Anxiety or panic?

Anxiety might be characterized as a more constant background "noise" where panic crescendos or spikes with the anticipation of doom. Panic more rapidly escalates with many physical symptoms.
There typically is an associated fear that one might die, lose control, "go crazy, " suffocate, or have a heart attack. Those with generalized anxiety might have a few physical symptoms and are worrywarts.

In brief: Anxiety or panic?

Anxiety might be characterized as a more constant background "noise" where panic crescendos or spikes with the anticipation of doom. Panic more rapidly escalates with many physical symptoms.
There typically is an associated fear that one might die, lose control, "go crazy, " suffocate, or have a heart attack. Those with generalized anxiety might have a few physical symptoms and are worrywarts.
Dr. K. Olson
Dr. K. Olson
Thank
Dr. Leonard Lado
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Anxiety and panic

Anxiety disorders has many different types eg panic disoder, ocd, social phobia, generalized anxiety disorder and post traumatic stress disorder. Anxiety disorders affect about 40 million american adults age 18 years and older (about 18%) in a given year, 1 causing them to be filled with fearfulness and uncertainty.
Panic d/o has episodes that last up to 10 minutes and start unexpectadly.

In brief: Anxiety and panic

Anxiety disorders has many different types eg panic disoder, ocd, social phobia, generalized anxiety disorder and post traumatic stress disorder. Anxiety disorders affect about 40 million american adults age 18 years and older (about 18%) in a given year, 1 causing them to be filled with fearfulness and uncertainty.
Panic d/o has episodes that last up to 10 minutes and start unexpectadly.
Dr. Leonard Lado
Dr. Leonard Lado
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Board Certified, Neurology
48 years in practice
55M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors