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Panic Disorder Causes & Risks


Scientists continue to look for the exact cause or causes of panic disorder. It is believed to be related to:

  • Family history
  • Other biological factors
  • Stressful life events
  • Increased sensitivity to physical sensations

Risk Factors

These factors increase your chance of developing panic disorder. Tell your doctor if you have any of these risk factors:

  • Sex: female
  • Age: young adult
  • History of another anxiety disorder
  • Family history of panic disorders

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