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Panic disorder is a common and treatable disorder. Children and adolescents with panic disorder have unexpected and repeated periods of intense fear or discomfort, along with other symptoms such as a racing heartbeat or feeling short of breath. These periods are called "panic attacks" and last minutes to hours. Panic attacks frequently develop without warning. The American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's Facts for Families provide concise and up-to-date information on Panic Disorder In Children And Adolescents for families.