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Panic disorder is one of the most treatable of the anxiety disorders, responding in most cases to medications or to carefully targeted psychotherapy.
Proper treatment helps 70 to 90 percent of people with panic disorder, usually within six to eight weeks.
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Approximately 2.4 million American adults ages 18 to 54, or about 1.7 percent of people in this age group, have panic attacks in a given year.
Panic disorder typically develops in late adolescence or early adulthood.
About one in three people with panic disorder develop agoraphobia, a condition in which they become afraid of being in any place or situation where escape might be difficult or help unavailable in the event of panic attacks.