Panic Disorder Diagnosis

(Also Known As: Panic Attacks Diagnosis, Panic Diagnosis, Anxiety Panic Disorder Diagnosis)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

How is Panic Disorder Diagnosed?

Because many psychological and behavioral disorders often have overlapping symptoms there are major criteria established by the DSM-IV in diagnosing specific mental illness. According to the symptoms enumerated above, the person has a limited symptom panic attack if they manifest or experience at least four or less of the stated symptoms. It is also vital to know that the symptoms of panic disorder may also mimic the symptoms of other medical conditions and of various anxiety disorders. 7

DSM-IV Diagnostic Criteria for Panic Disorder without Agoraphobia:

  • Recurrent unexpected panic attacks of at least one of the attacks has been followed by 1 month or more of the following symptoms:
    • Significant behavioral changes related to the attacks
    • Persistent concern of having more attacks
    • Intense worrying about the implication of the attacks and/or its consequences
  • The presence or absence of agoraphobia
  • The panic attack is not due to direct physiological effects of substance such as drug abuse or medication or from a general medical condition such as hyperthyroidism.
  • The panic attacks are not accounted for by another mental disorder (social phobia, post traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, phobia, separation anxiety disorder).

Could You Have Panic Disorder?

Panic Disorder Topics

Related Conditions

Anxiety Disorder NOS – Pathological Anxieties, Phobias, Irrational Fear, Depression
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – Psychological Defense, Trauma, Stress, Depression, Anxiety, Traumatic War Neurosis