Panic Disorder is a psychiatric diagnosis for a person suffering from Panic Attacks. The person has begun to avoid activities and places associated with a Panic Attack, and feels worried about when the next one might strike.
Agoraphobia is a fear of going to places where escape to a place of comfort is difficult or impossible. When in the feared locations, a person with Agoraphobia will experience symptoms of panic.
Sometimes Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia co-occur.
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