Parental Involvement

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Panic disorder is one of the most severe anxiety disorders. Panic disorder usually develops during adolescence or young adulthood, but sometimes this disorder will develop before puberty. In community samples of adolescents, panic disorder occurs in about 1% of youth. Among children and adolescents who are referred to mental health clinics, the prevalence rate may be as high as 10–15%. Panic disorder is more common among females, especially after 14 years of age. Youngsters with panic disorder often avoid participating in social activities with peers or family, or do not attend school because they fear having a panic attack during these activities. Youngsters who experience panic disorder are at increased risk of having other psychological disorders during adolescence and adulthood, most notably other anxiety disorders, depression, and substance abuse.

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Parental Involvement, in R. J. R. Levesque (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Adolescence, Springer, p. 1957-2267