Panic anxiety disorder is a condition characterized by unprovoked panic attacks. A panic attack is a sudden rush of fear along with four of more distinct physical symptoms. Individuals who have repeated panic attacks—or have had only a few but who live in constant fear of having another—may be suffering from panic disorder.
A panic anxiety attack is far more intense than the feeling of being “stressed out” that most people experience. Panic disorder affects about 2.4 million Americans each year. It usually appears during a person’s teens or early adulthood but can happen at any stage of life. The experience can be so frightening that many people visit an emergency room.