People face anxiety-causing situations regularly. Expectations at school, work, or home, as well as in relationships can be particularly troubling. Whether we’re about to take a big test at school, interview for a new job, or propose to our significant other, it’s normal to be nervous and experience what people refer to as “butterflies in the stomach”.
It’s different with anxiety disorders. You’re not just nervous. Your feelings don’t go away. In fact, the anxiety can get worse and can negatively affect your overall health. And for many of those people, those feelings are often accompanied by panic, often unexpected.
However, even though panic is a symptom often associated with anxiety, the American Psychological Association claims that only 1 in 75 people with anxiety ever experience panic. Of the 3 anxiety disorders—social phobia, general anxiety disorder, and panic disorder—panic disorder is, unsurprisingly, the one where panic manifests itself.