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Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 11/20/2006 3:18:56 AM (GMT-7)
Panic Disorder is actually a chemical embalance in the brain. Your thought processes control what chemicals react in your brain, resulting in feelings or sensations in other parts of the body. It is not something that is cured. However, it can be managed by behavioral and/or thought process changes, which may be learned over a period of time, or if necessary, by compensating with appropriate medication. The appropriate medication(s) may be tricky to nail down, and may need to be changed over time. If you have ceased having symptoms, consider yourself blessed, but always be aware that they can return at any time. Pay attention to situations that have caused you problems in the past, and you may be able to remain symptom free indefinitely. Best wishes and keep us updated.
There is considerable evidence pointing toward an abnormality in the function of the locus ceruleus and its associated nerve pathways. The locus ceruleus is a tiny nerve center in the brainstem (the part of the brain that controls heartbeat, breathing and other vital functions).
A few experts still cling to the notion that this is not a physical disorder. The overwhelming opinion by the experts is that scientific evidence clearly favors there being a physical cause of this disorder. It is regarded as a physical disorder much like Diabetes or Pneumonia."
"At a meeting of the Human Genome Organization in Edinburgh Scotland in 2002, Dr. Xavier Estevill, head of medical and molecular genetics at the Duran I Rynals Hospital in Barcelona Spain, discovered that a gene on some other chromosome, or some environmental factor early in development, may cause in some people an abnormality of chromosome 15. This defect may in turn make people more susceptible to panic attacks. It seems this genetic abnormality of chromosome 15 is not inherited because it is not present in all of the cells of those affected. Although this has been observed to occur in plants, this is the first discovery of such a chain of events in humans. Almost 100% of those with panic disorder or phobias had the duplication of genetic material on chromosome 15.
I started a new post for you as you have tagged onto an old post from 2006 and it had good info but I want you to have the benefit of your own post.