The effect of a traumatic experience on anxiety and panic attacks.

Q: I have told by numerous doctors for the last 30 years that I suffer from anxiety and panic attacks. I am a 56 yr old male that had a total right knee replacement in 2008. My question is; I was hurt on a parachute jump while in the army in 1976, and hurt my knee to a point to have surgery. Can a bad accident like I had bring on the attacks since I’ve had them since 1977?

A: Anxiety can be a symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder.  You did not supply any details about your parachute jump but it may be related.  I suggest you discuss the accident with your doctor.  To learn more about post-traumatic stress disorder go to:

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