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Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia Now Two Separate Conditions

In May 2013, the American Psychiatric Association released the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, known as DSM-5. This newest edition considers panic disorder and agoraphobia as two separate mental health conditions. Before, mental health clinicians diagnosed panic disorder as occurring with or without agoraphobia.   There are several good reasons for this change:  Panic disorder only sometimes leads to agoraphobia. Many people with agoraphobia don't have symptoms of panic disorder. The two…

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