Psychological Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents

Panic Disorder

Panic Disorder

Once thought of as impossible to occur in young children, panic disorder is rather common amongst adults and usually doesn’t occur until adolescence. It involves repeated, spontaneous “panic attacks.” Panic attacks are periods of intense fear accompanied by a number of physical symptoms, which can include pounding heartbeat, sweating, dizziness, nausea, or a feeling of imminent death. The experience is so scary that young people live in dread of another attack. Those with the disorder may go to great lengths to avoid situations that may bring on a panic attack or where escape might be difficult or impossible, others may endure such situations with extreme distress.

Helpful Websites

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Child Anxiety Network
National Mental Health Information Center

Books for Parents and Caregivers

See books listed under “Generalized Anxiety”


When Fear Overwhelms: Panic Disorder