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
297
Tried for
panic disorder (254) anxious mood (169)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
173
Tried for
panic disorder (155) anxious mood (72)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
150
Tried for
panic disorder (115) panic attacks (72)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
121
Tried for
depressed mood (91) panic disorder (59)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
100
Tried for
depressed mood (89) panic disorder (10)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
100
Tried for
depressed mood (93) panic disorder (10)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
82
Tried for
anxious mood (72) panic attacks (12)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
67
Tried for
anxious mood (46) depressed mood (38)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
64
Tried for
pain (49) anxious mood (12)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
63
Tried for
anxious mood (49) depressed mood (19)
4 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 (141 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 39 more
Total evaluations
185
Tried for
panic disorder (254) anxious mood (169)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for panic disorder (74 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness tiredness 23 more
Total evaluations
93
Tried for
panic disorder (155) anxious mood (72)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for panic disorder (55 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness fatigue 30 more
Total evaluations
81
Tried for
panic disorder (115) panic attacks (72)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (53 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) decreased appetite 50 more
Total evaluations
86
Tried for
depressed mood (91) panic disorder (59)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (50 evaluations)
Side effects
agitation with restlessness brain fog 44 more
Total evaluations
67
Tried for
depressed mood (89) panic disorder (10)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (61 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood headaches 49 more
Total evaluations
77
Tried for
depressed mood (93) panic disorder (10)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (42 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 10 more
Total evaluations
46
Tried for
anxious mood (72) panic attacks (12)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (45 evaluations)
Side effects
sexual dysfunction drowsiness 40 more
Total evaluations
61
Tried for
anxious mood (46) depressed mood (38)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (30 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness fatigue 19 more
Total evaluations
37
Tried for
pain (49) anxious mood (12)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (48 evaluations)
Side effects
lightheadedness sleepiness 15 more
Total evaluations
57
Tried for
anxious mood (49) depressed mood (19)
4 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 51
20s 1365
30s 4174
40s 5071
50s 4376
60s 2022
70+ 425
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1548
20-29 years 1070
30-39 years 641
40-49 years 368
50-59 years 97
60-69 years 13
70+ years 5

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 4780
Female 12834

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5145
Not Diagnosed 2101

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