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    How is panic disorder diagnosed?

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  • Damien Haines

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    Damien Haines is a registered Clinical Psychologist who brings a warm and empathetic approach to therapy. He emphasises engagement in the world and encourages clients … View Profile

    Panic Disorder is diagnosed when the person makes significant attempts to avoid having another panic attack, and fears having a future attack. One example may be that someone ha  panic attack at a major supermarket. They learn that this supermarket islikely to trigger a panic attack, and so they go to another supermarket. If they have a panic attack there, they may feel like they can only go to corner stores for example.

    Another example may be that they then start to monitor their blood pressure, heart rate etc to the point that they only feel safe when they are doing that - this in effect actually increases their chances of having a further panic attack.

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