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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