How do we put the diagnosis of panic disorder? Which Anxiety Symptoms are required?
We say someone suffers from panic disorder when there are:
Recurrent unexpected panic attacks (with no specific stimulus)
Concern about additional attacks (phobophobia)
Worry about implications of attack (loss of control, "going crazy")
Change in behaviour related to attacks
We must always be careful to exclude epilepsy and acute intoxication with or withdrawal from alcohol or illicit drugs (amphetamines, cocaine) or even caffeine.