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:

In panic disorder

  • it needs no preliminary triggers, it may strike like a lightning from a clear sky.
  • 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.
  • there normally always is a preceeding situation which triggers the fear episode.

According to research, 2-3% of the population suffer from panic disorders and up to 10% suffer from fear of social situations

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.

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