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TABLE OF CONTENTS Preface Introduction Part 1. The Basics Questions 1-14 give basic background about panic disorder and panic attacks, including: * What is a panic attack? * Why do I feel like running away when I have a panic attack? * I've always been an anxious person. How do these panic attacks differ from my usual anxiety? Part 2. Risks and Causes Questions 15-25 discuss risk factors and causes associated with panic attacks, such as: * Why do I get panic attacks after I drink coffee? * If I don't get enough sleep (less than 6 hours), I find I can have a panic attack. Why? * Should I avoid alcohol if I have panic disorder? Part 3. Diagnosis Questions 26-35 describe how panic disorder is formally diagnosed: * Are panic attacks related to other illnesses? * Are panic attacks related to depression? * Is it possible to have manic depression and panic disorder? Part 4. Prevention and Treatment Questions 36-45 discuss methods of preventing and treating panic attacks, including: * What kind of doctor treats panic attacks? * I heard it wasn't a good idea to take Valium or Xanax to deal with panic attacks. What are these drugs? * What medicines should be taken to stop panic attacks? Part 5. Surviving Questions 46-100 provide tools and techniques for people with panic disorder to use in daily life: * How can I get my spouse to understand the problem? * I am becoming afraid to go outside, because I fear having a panic attack in public. What can I do? * Will I pass this condition on to my children? Glossary Index
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Panic disorders -- Popular works.
Panic disorders -- Miscellanea.