b'the development of a panic disorder, or a general sensitivity to physical sensations. Individuals with panic disorder may have had a history of a medical illness, physical and sexual abuse or other sort of trauma. For some, the Fear of fear in and of itself may elicit a panic response. What are the symptoms of panic disorder? To be diagnosed as having panic disorder, a person must experience at least four of the following symptoms during a panic attack: sweating, hot or cold flashes, choking or smothering sensations, racing heart, labored breathing, trembling, chest pains, faintness, numbness, nausea, disorientation and feelings of dying, losing control, or losing ones mind. How is panic disorder treated? Cognitive behavioral treatment (CBT) is the treatment of choice and can be performed in any outpatient setting or in primary care settings. The goal of CBT is to help the person learn strategies to recognize and monitor sensory information through self-talk and relaxation techniques.What are phobias? Phobias are irrational, involuntary, and inappropriate fears of (or responses to) ordinary situations or things. People who have phobias can experience panic attacks when confronted with the situation or object which is feared. A category of symptoms called phobic disorder falls within the broader field of anxiety disorders.Mental Health Concerns177'