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Panic Disorder Overview

Panic Disorder is a crippling condition that grips its victims in a cycle of fear and anxiety. This page has been designed with the purpose of helping nurses and healthcare professionals to obtain help and find freedom from their symptoms.

What is Panic Disorder?
An anxiety disorder characterized by unexpected and repeated panic attacks. It is a condition in which a person feels sudden over-whelming fright, usually without any reasonable cause.

What is a Panic Attack?
A panic attack is manifested by a sudden onset of intense apprehension, fear or terror, often associated with feelings of impending doom.  The most common symptoms are: heart palpitations (pounding heart), chest pain or discomfort, choking or smothering sensation, shortness of breath, dizziness, feeling of unreality, hot and cold flashes, trembling or shaking, and fear of dying, going crazy or losing control.

Because of these uncomfortable symptoms the person may begin to avoid certain places or situations were they fear another attack will occur. Continued avoidance may lead to agoraphobia.

What is Agoraphobia? Marked fear of being in places or situations from which escape might be difficult or embarrassing or a condition which leads to extreme anxiety and fear about leaving the safe environment of home. People with agoraphobia tend to become home bound.

About the CHAANGE Program
The CHAANGE program (Center for Help for Anxiety/Agoraphobia through New Growth Experiences) was founded in 1979 by Ann Seagrave, Faison Covington and their therapist, Lou Owensby L.C.S.W..  Having both recovered from severe anxiety conditions, Ann and Faison realized that their experiences could be helpful to other sufferers. 

 In 1990, Dr. John Pullen was chosen to take over the CHAANGE organization and to encourage others to enjoy their journey to freedom. Dr. Pullen suffered a severe anxiety condition for 37 years, until he found CHAANGE in August, 1985 and took the program himself.

Please Note: is not involved in the selling of the CHAANGE program. My sincerest hope is that nurses and healthcare professionals will find hope and freedom from their nightmare -- and once again see the light of day. For questions related to this program, contact CHAANGE.