International Panic Day

International Panic Day is a day on which people are encouraged to spread awareness about mental illness. It started out as a mock holiday in which people are encouraged to avoid controlling their panic and to just let it take over their lives for the day, but it soon turned into a holiday that could be used to help people become aware of panic disorders as a mental health issue. This holiday is observed annually on June 18th every year.

Facts About Panic Disorders

Since this tongue-in-cheek holiday has been used to bring attention to the intense fear brought on by panic disorders, we thought that we’d encourage people to start their own research by listing some of the facts we’ve discovered about these disorders. Below are the facts we’ve uncovered during our search.

  • Approximately 2.4-million Americans deal with panic disorders every year.
  • Half of everyone who develops a panic disorder does so before the age of 24-years.
  • Panic disorders can be caused by biological factors, trauma, and stressful life events.
  • Panic disorders can be reduced or prevented in 70-90% of people suffering from them if proper medical treatment is used.
  • Panic disorders can cause physical symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, sweating, and heart palpitations.

Observing International Panic Day

People can observe this holiday in one of two different ways. They can spend the day pretending to panic at every little thing that happens on this day. Or, more appropriately, they can use this holiday to bring attention to the panic disorders that many people suffer from every single day of their life. People can also use the hashtag #InternationalPanicDay to spread the word about panic disorders and this holiday.

When is it?
This year (2023)
June 18 Sunday
Next year (2024)
June 18 Tuesday
Last year (2022)
June 18 Saturday
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