I cannot explain it very well, but I learned about it in "60 Second Panic Solution," a book on panic disorder written by Anna Gibson-Steel. It explains the "comorbidity" between psychological disorders, how they can be connected to each other through certain characteristics
As I learned about panic disorder, I thought it was fascinating that there were several other psychological disorders simultaneously. Since some of you have written to me asking for more details about the book, I thought this would be a good place to start.
Panic disorder is an anxiety disorder that can be detrimental to the person suffering from it. In extreme cases, people no longer leave their home for fear of another panic attack. According to the book, stressors such as traumatic events, lifestyle changes, psychological factors and physical illnesses can trigger the initial attack, which can later manifest in more attacks and in the fear of having more attacks.
The psychological factors that are related to panic disorders are stress, trauma and fear. The combination of these factors can lead to anxiety. When anxiety escalates to the point where the person is anxious every day, it is when panic attacks can occur. This is the reason why panic disorder is comorbid or is closely related to other anxiety disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder, phobias (you can see how people with panic disorder try to avoid certain situations) , Post-traumatic stress disorder (sometimes occurs before panic attacks), obsessive-compulsive disorder and agoraphobia (fear of not being able to escape a situation.)
Sometimes these anxiety disorders occur before panic attacks, and sometimes develop after panic disorder. In addition to these disorders, there are other psychological disorders that are comorbid to panic disorder. For example, long-term substance abuse (alcohol and psychoactive drugs) can cause panic disorder (especially during times of waiting) due to a change in brain chemistry and its function. Apart from that, depression and certain personality disorders can be comorbid to panic disorder.
With just this information, you can see how panic disorder may actually be a sign of underlying problems, or it can lead to more problems. That is why it should be addressed and treated as soon as possible.
I do not know if I did a good job explaining all this, but to get more information about panic disorder, and other comorbid or related psychological disorders, and all the options for your treatment, click here to get a more in depth information. The information is presented in a clear and easy to read format, and you will surely find the answers you are looking for! Thanks for reading my 60 Second Panic Solution Review. Hope you learned something from me today. :)