Symptoms of panic disorder often start in the late teens or early adulthood and affect more women than men.

Factors that may increase the risk of developing panic attacks or panic disorder include:

  • Family history of panic attacks or panic disorder
  • Significant stress
  • Death or serious illness of a loved one
  • Major changes in your life, such as the addition of a baby
  • History of childhood physical or sexual abuse
  • Experiencing a traumatic event, such as an accident or sexual assault
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