B. Panic disorder usually develops in early adulthood with a peak onset in the mid twenties. Onset after age 45 years is unusual.
C. First-degree relatives have an eightfold increase in panic disorder.
D. The course of the illness is often chronic, but symptoms may wax and wane depending on the presence of stressors. Fifty percent of panic disorder patients are only mildly affected. Twenty percent have marked symptomatology.
E. The suicide risk is markedly increased, especially in untreated patients. Substance abuse, especially of alcohol, may occur in up to 40% of patients.
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