A risk factor is something that raises your chances of getting a health problem.
You can have panic disorder with or without any of the risks listed below. But, the more you have, the greater your chances of getting it.
Panic disorder is nearly 2 times more common in women than in men. Women are also more likely to have it with agoraphobia.
It is most likely to appear in those 20 to 29 years old. But, it can start as early as the teen years or as late as 30 to 40 years old.
Other factors that make your chances higher:
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Last reviewed December 2018 by
EBSCO Medical Review Board Adrian Preda, MD
Last Updated: 2/25/2019