A Threat Of Mind And Body : Panic Disorder

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A Threat to Mind and Body: Panic Disorder I am the little girl who cries heart attack. This is the way in which my family has viewed me for the past five years since my panic attacks first started. For me my panic disorder is very real and very scary, but I don’t blame my family for their view of what I experience. Before college I had only heard of panic attacks and what they may look like from movies and shows on TV. I had this idea that those kinds of things only happen to people who are neurotic and did not have any control of their life. People who only need to relax and not take the little mundane things in life so seriously. My careless and apathetic view of this psychological disorder took a sour note when it then became myself…show more content…
The great array of psychological disorders can be daunting when first cracking open the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders fifth edition, also known as the DSM V. Fortunate for me, my predilection for learning more about panic disorder made selecting a psychological disorder a rather simple task. Panic disorder is a specific variation of anxiety disorders recognized by the American Psychiatric Association in the DSM V. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (2011), panic disorders are fairly common and as many as twenty percent of people who receive primary health care experience an anxiety disorder or depression. The DSM V (2013) refers to panic disorders as recurrent panic attacks, which are a sudden onset of intense fear or discomfort that intensifies to its maximum level within minutes. The duration of each panic attack varies from one episode to the next. Four out of thirteen physical and cognitive symptoms recognized by the American Psychiatric Association occur during an episode in order for it to be officially classified as a panic attack. These physical and cognitive symptoms include: palpitations, pounding heart or accelerated heart rate, sweating, trembling or shaking, sensations of shortness of breath or smothering, feelings of choking, chest pain or discomfort, nausea or abdominal
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