Agoraphobia involves intense fear and anxiety of any place or situation where escape might be difficult, leading to avoidance of situations such as being alone outside of the home; traveling in a car, bus, or airplane; or being in a crowded area.
What is Panic Disorder?
Panic disorder is an anxiety disorder and is characterized by unexpected and repeated episodes of intense fear accompanied by physical symptoms that may include chest pain, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness, or abdominal distress.
Signs & Symptoms
- Feelings of terror that strike suddenly and repeatedly with no warning
- Pounding heart, feeling sweaty, weak, faint, or dizzy. Your hands may tingle or feel numb, and you might feel flushed or chilled
- Nausea, chest pain or smothering sensations, a sense of unreality, or fear of impending doom or loss of control
- People having panic attacks sometimes believe they are having heart attacks, losing their minds, or on the verge of death
- Panic disorder is often accompanied by other serious problems, such as depression, drug abuse, or alcoholism