Panic Disorder is a disorder that people have sudden and repeated attacks of fear that last for several minutes or longer.
The attack or panic attacks are characterized by a fear of disaster or of losing control even when there is no real danger. A person with panic disorder may become discouraged and feel ashamed because he or she cannot carry out normal routines.
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Understanding Panic Attacks
- Major stress
- Temperament that is more sensitive to stress or prone to negative emotions
- Certain changes in the way parts of your brain function
Factors that may increase chance pf panic attacks:
- Family history of panic attacks or panic disorder
- Major life stress, such as the death or serious illness of a loved one
- Major changes in your life, such as a divorce or the addition of a baby
- Smoking or excessive caffeine intake
- History of childhood physical or sexual abuse
- Chest pains
- Difficulty breathing
- Lightheadedness/feeling like fainting
- Muscle weakness
- Trouble concentrating
- Tingling or numbness in the hands and feet
- Rapid heartbeat/heart palpitations (feeling like you’re overly aware of your heart)
Signs and Symptoms for Panic Disorder or Anxiety Attack?
Panic disorder is diagnosed in people who experience spontaneous seemingly out-of-the-blue panic attacks and are very preoccupied with the fear of a recurring attack. Panic attacks occur unexpectedly, sometimes even when waking up from sleep.
- Sudden and repeated panic attacks of overwhelming anxiety and fear
- Trembling or shaking
- Sensations of shortness of breath or smothering
- Feelings of choking
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Physical symptoms during a panic attack, such as a pounding or racing heart, sweating, chills, trembling, breathing problems, weakness or dizziness, tingly or numb hands, chest pain, stomach pain, and nausea
- Feeling dizzy, unsteady, light-headed, or faint
- Paresthesia (numbness or tingling sensations)
- Palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate
- A feeling of being out of control, or a fear of death or impending doom during a panic attack
- Nausea or abdominal distress
- Fear of losing control or “going crazy”
- An intense worry about when the next panic attack will happen
- A fear or avoidance of places where panic attacks have occurred in the past
- Fear of dying
- Derealization (feelings of unreality) or depersonalization (being detached from oneself)
- Chills or heat sensations
Scientific Backing of Panic Disorder
Key Benefits of Treatment at Exult
Panic disorder is generally treated with psychotherapy, medication, or both. Talk with your doctor about the best treatment for you.
- Medications – Mood stabilizers, atypical anti-psychotics, and antidepressants
- Group therapy
- Access to on-site psychiatrist
- Providers working together
- Tailored programs to fit your needs
Some anxiety is normal, but see your doctor if:
- You feel like you’re worrying too much, and it’s interfering with your work, relationships or other parts of your life
- You feel depressed or irritable, have trouble with drinking or drugs, or you have other mental health concerns along with anxiety
- You have suicidal thoughts or behaviors — seek emergency treatment immediately
Our therapists help you with impulse control, compulsion control, emotional adjustments, and social adjustments.
We do take multiple insurances such as United, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, and Medicare but we suggest you discuss any major medical decisions with your insurance provider.
We offer medication management but we try to keep an open discussion between the client, therapist, and psychiatrist as to the needs of the client.