What are the demographics of panic disorder?

Updated: Mar 21, 2018
  • Author: Mohammed A Memon, MD; Chief Editor: Randon S Welton, MD  more...
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Prevalence data for different racial groups are inconsistent. Symptom manifestations may differ, with black persons more often presenting with somatic symptoms and more likely to seek help in medical rather than psychiatric settings.

Women are 2-3 times more likely to be affected than men. Panic is also more common in women who have never been pregnant and during the postpartum period; it is less common during pregnancy.

Although panic can occur in people at any age, it usually develops between the ages of 18 and 45 years, with an average age of onset of 24 years. [61] Patients with late-onset panic disorder have a tendency toward less use of mental health resources, have lower comorbidity and hypochondriasis, and have better coping behavior. [28]


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