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
186
Tried for
panic disorder (162) anxious mood (97)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
103
Tried for
panic disorder (92) anxious mood (41)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
92
Tried for
panic disorder (71) panic attacks (41)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
72
Tried for
depressed mood (51) panic disorder (39)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
64
Tried for
anxious mood (55) panic attacks (10)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
64
Tried for
depressed mood (57) panic disorder (9)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
58
Tried for
depressed mood (51) panic disorder (7)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
47
Tried for
anxious mood (33) depressed mood (24)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
44
Tried for
anxious mood (32) depressed mood (15)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
36
Tried for
depressed mood (34) anxious mood (2)

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 (87 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 26 more
Total evaluations
116
Tried for
panic disorder (162) anxious mood (97)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for panic disorder (44 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness tiredness 11 more
Total evaluations
57
Tried for
panic disorder (92) anxious mood (41)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for panic disorder (31 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) fatigue 21 more
Total evaluations
54
Tried for
panic disorder (71) panic attacks (41)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (31 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) decreased appetite 32 more
Total evaluations
58
Tried for
depressed mood (51) panic disorder (39)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (38 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 13 more
Total evaluations
38
Tried for
anxious mood (55) panic attacks (10)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (36 evaluations)
Side effects
nervousness anxious mood 32 more
Total evaluations
47
Tried for
depressed mood (57) panic disorder (9)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (30 evaluations)
Side effects
agitation with restlessness brain fog 31 more
Total evaluations
39
Tried for
depressed mood (51) panic disorder (7)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (29 evaluations)
Side effects
insomnia sexual dysfunction 35 more
Total evaluations
44
Tried for
anxious mood (33) depressed mood (24)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (28 evaluations)
Side effects
lightheadedness sleepiness 10 more
Total evaluations
33
Tried for
anxious mood (32) depressed mood (15)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (15 evaluations)
Side effects
agitation agitation with restlessness 12 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
depressed mood (34) anxious mood (2)
  • 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?

  • 8 new patients joined this month
  • 1233 say panic disorder is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 43
20s 1115
30s 4017
40s 5129
50s 4604
60s 2312
70+ 563
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1560
20-29 years 1084
30-39 years 645
40-49 years 376
50-59 years 99
60-69 years 15
70+ years 6

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 4857
Female 13061

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5196
Not Diagnosed 2092

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