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The Top Five Differences Between Panic Disorder and SAD

By February 3, 2008

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Although similar in some ways, the differences between panic disorder and social anxiety disorder (SAD) outweigh the similarities. Here is a quick rundown of the top five differences between panic disorder and SAD:

  1. People with panic disorder usually search for a medical explanation for their anxiety -- people with SAD do not.
  2. Panic attacks happen without warning in any setting symptoms of social anxiety appear only in social or performance settings.
  3. People with panic disorder often like to have a trusted friend with them people with SAD usually prefer to be alone.
  4. People with panic disorder may develop agoraphobia people with SAD do not.
  5. Therapy for panic disorder focuses on understanding bodily sensations therapy for SAD focuses on beliefs about your abilities and the abilities of others.
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