Department of Psychiatry
Penn Behavioral Health

Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety

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Panic Disorder

Panic Disorder & Agoraphobia Overview

Panic disorder is a common anxiety disorder characterized by having a fear of panic attacks, or a fear of one's bodily sensations. Panic attacks are sudden rushes of intense fear or discomfort that may come out of the blue or for no apparent reason. Oftentimes, individuals with panic disorder avoid places or activities that might lead to panic attacks (agoraphobia). The center offers fee-for-service short-term individual cognitive-behavioral therapy for panic disorder. If desired, we will work with your physician in helping you stop taking medications for panic disorder.

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