Panic and Agoraphobia Disorders Rob Shapiro
Panic Disorder is characterized by sudden and repeated episodes of intense fear and discomfort. Symptoms of a panic attack include heart palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness, increased heart rate, chest pain, chills or hot flashes and, possibly, fear of dying.
Agoraphobia is when one avoids – or endures with extreme anxiety – certain places or situations for fear of having a panic attack and being unable to escape. For example, a child may avoid leaving home alone, being in a crowd or using public transportation.