Childhood Anxiety Disorder

Rick D'Alli, MD

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Panic Disorder

This disorder is characterized by at least 2 panic attacks followed by 1 month of persistent concern about having another attack. Girls are twice as likely to develop the disorder. One third to one half also develop agoraphobia.

Other symptoms:


  • dizziness

  • diarrhea

  • numbness

  • suffocating feeling

  • chest pain

  • irregular heartbeat


Panic disorder occurs from adolescence to early adulthood, with half of patients developing it before age 24.


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