Monday, January 16, 2012

About Panic Disorder: Issues with Diagnosis

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From Katharina Star, your Guide to Panic Disorder
Panic disorder is a diagnosable anxiety-related condition. The symptoms of panic disorder can improve when a proper diagnosis and treatment plan has been established. However, there are some issues that can get in the way of receiving the right diagnosis. Here you will find information about obstacles to getting diagnosed, common co-occurring conditions, and the top 6 FAQs about the diagnosis of panic disorder.

Could You Have Been Misdiagnosed?
Sometimes panic disorder is misdiagnosed or remains undiagnosed by a mental health specialist. There are many reasons why this could have happened. For example, you may have another co-occurring mental health condition that is more prominent or perhaps you had a hard time throughly explaining your symptoms to your doctor. If you have been misdiagnosed, you will not be receiving the treatment options you need. Learn more about why misdiagnosis occurs and what you can do to prevent it.

Diagnosis FAQs
If you are suffering from the symptoms of panic and anxiety, you may be wondering what steps you need to take to get the treatment you need. Treatment often begins with receiving the proper diagnosis. Find out what you should know about the diagnosis of panic disorder, including diagnostic criteria, how it is diagnosed, and where to find help.

Related and Co-Occurring Conditions
It is not uncommon for panic disorder to co-occur with other mood or other anxiety disorders. Many mental health conditions share similar symptoms to panic disorder, which can make diagnosis difficult. Additionally, there are some medical conditions that are more prevalent in people with panic disorder. Co-occurring mental health and medical conditions can get the way of receiving the proper diagnosis. Here you will find information about common related and co-occurring conditions.

Proposed Changes in the Diagnostic Criteria of PD
To be diagnosed with panic disorder, you must meet a set of diagnostic criteria set forth in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). The DSM is used by all mental health professionals and it is currently in its fourth edition. However, a new edition is scheduled to be published in 2013. In the next edition, there may be some major changes to the way in which panic disorder is diagnosed. Find out more about the proposed to changes to panic disorder and agoraphobia.


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