Panic disorder

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What is panic disorder?

Panic disorder is a specific psychological phenomenon characterized by sudden onset of anxiety (often unrelated to objective events), accompanied by autonomic symptoms such as tachycardia, paresthesia, flushing, and sweating.

Common symptoms reported by people with panic disorder

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with panic disorder

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
238
Tried for
panic disorder (201) anxious mood (134)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
138
Tried for
panic disorder (121) anxious mood (56)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
123
Tried for
panic disorder (92) panic attacks (58)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
98
Tried for
depressed mood (74) panic disorder (46)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
88
Tried for
depressed mood (80) panic disorder (11)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
82
Tried for
depressed mood (71) panic disorder (10)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
77
Tried for
anxious mood (68) panic attacks (12)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
57
Tried for
anxious mood (45) depressed mood (18)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
56
Tried for
anxious mood (40) depressed mood (30)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
52
Tried for
pain (39) anxious mood (11)
3 more

Data from patients with panic disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with panic disorder

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for panic disorder (120 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 37 more
Total evaluations
161
Tried for
panic disorder (201) anxious mood (134)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for panic disorder (57 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness tiredness 18 more
Total evaluations
74
Tried for
panic disorder (121) anxious mood (56)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for panic disorder (45 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue sleepiness 28 more
Total evaluations
69
Tried for
panic disorder (92) panic attacks (58)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (44 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) decreased appetite 44 more
Total evaluations
72
Tried for
depressed mood (74) panic disorder (46)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (56 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood increased energy 37 more
Total evaluations
72
Tried for
depressed mood (80) panic disorder (11)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (38 evaluations)
Side effects
agitation with restlessness brain fog 41 more
Total evaluations
51
Tried for
depressed mood (71) panic disorder (10)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (29 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 8 more
Total evaluations
34
Tried for
anxious mood (68) panic attacks (12)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (38 evaluations)
Side effects
lightheadedness sleepiness 14 more
Total evaluations
45
Tried for
anxious mood (45) depressed mood (18)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (38 evaluations)
Side effects
sexual dysfunction drowsiness 36 more
Total evaluations
53
Tried for
anxious mood (40) depressed mood (30)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (23 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness anxious mood 15 more
Total evaluations
30
Tried for
pain (39) anxious mood (11)
3 more
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with panic disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has panic disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 49
20s 1272
30s 4118
40s 5104
50s 4438
60s 2111
70+ 469
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1552
20-29 years 1071
30-39 years 641
40-49 years 372
50-59 years 97
60-69 years 13
70+ years 5

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 4801
Female 12896

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5156
Not Diagnosed 2094

These charts show data from panic disorder patients who have completed their condition history
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