Panic disorder

Panic disorder is often difficult to separate from social phobia (fear of social situations).  However, some differentiating factors between the two conditions do exist:

  • Panic disorder needs no preliminary triggers, it may strike like a lightning from a clear sky.
  • In social phobia there normally always is a preceeding situation which triggers the fear episode.
  • In panic disorder, one often asks for help from any person in sight.
  • In social phobia, the person would rather vanish from the scene as quickly as possible.

When it comes to ESB, it is not of high importance to define whether a patient suffers from social phobia or panic disorder, since in many cases the treatment is the same. Both conditions respond readily to sympathetic block.