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Panic disorder and agoraphobia – Guide for the public

Key points about panic disorder and agoraphobia

Panic disorder involves recurrent and often unexplained attacks of panic.

If you think it possible that you or someone you care about has panic disorder, check with your family doctor, who may suggest a referral to a psychiatrist or psychologist.

Effective treatments are available for panic disorder, and include psychological treatments as well as medications.  

There are support groups to help you and your family to cope.

More information

The RANZCP has developed the following guides for members of the public interested in panic disorder and agoraphobia.

Get Panic disorder and agoraphobia treatment guide for consumers and carers - Australian version [PDF; 831 KB]

Get Panic disorder and agoraphobia treatment guide for consumers and carers - New Zealand version [PDF; 620 KB]

These guides were written by mental health specialists, based on the best available evidence and with extensive input from consumer and carer representatives.

These guides can:

  • help you to make decisions about treatment
  • outline the value of treatment and what to expect at critical times such as diagnosis, admission and discharge
  • inform you of your rights
  • outline the standard of services you can expect.

Interested in information for clinicians? Visit the Statements and Guidelines page.