What is Panic Disorder?

Lakshmi Yatham, MBBS, FRCPC, MRCPsych (UK), discusses panic disorder.

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Lakshmi Yatham, MBBS, FRCPC, MRCPsych (UK), discusses panic disorder.
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Featuring Dr. Lakshmi Yatham, MBBS, FRCPC, MRCPsych (UK)

Video Title: What is Panic Disorder? Duration: 51 seconds

Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder, and people that have panic disorder have what we call panic attacks.

These are discreet episodes of anxiety, which the person experiencing the attack tends to feel they have shortness of breath, their heart is racing, they have knots in the stomach, they are gasping for breath, they may be sweating too much.

Sometimes, they may actually have to get out of the situation that they are in, in order to get relief. They tend to last several minutes for people.

If you think you have a panic disorder, please make sure to speak with your family physician or a psychiatrist.

Presenter: Dr. Lakshmi Yatham, Psychiatrist, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Psychiatrist

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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