There are many  types of anxiety disorders, including  panic disorder and phobia.

What is Panic  Disorder?

Panic Disorder is an anxiety disorder causing recurrent, unexpected panic attacks. These can cause intense feelings of terror for no reason, as well as physical symptoms, such as:

Fast heartbeat

Chest pain

Breathing difficulty


This can lead to more intense worry about when the next attack with happen, and can cause fear and complete avoidance of places where panic attacks have occurred in the past.

What is Phobia?

A Phobia is a type of anxiety disorder. It is a strong fear of something that poses little or no actual danger. The fear may not make sense, but they feel powerless to stop it. There are many specific phobias. For example, Acrophobia is a fear of heights, Agoraphobia is a fear of public places, and Claustrophobia is a fear of closed-in places. Other common phobias involve tunnels, highway driving, water, flying, animals and blood.

People with Phobias try to avoid what they are afraid of. If they cannot, they may experience:

Panic and fear

Rapid heartbeat

Shortness of breath


A strong desire to get away

 Keep in mind

Only a medical professional can accurately diagnose a mental health condition. Information provided by the Medina County ADAMH Board website is not intended to keep anyone from seeking medical treatment under the advice and care of their doctor. There are many effective types of treatment including talk therapy.