Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder that is noted by sudden, seemingly out-of-nowhere panic attacks. This is often combined with a great preoccupied fear of experiencing these panic attacks.
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, about 6 million people in the United States experience panic disorder each year.
The primary symptom of panic disorder is the sudden, unexpected panic attacks, which are characterized by physical symptoms of sweating, rapid heart beat, and difficulty breathing. These are different from feelings of fear and anxiety stemming from normal stressful moments. Over time, you will develop a fear of having panic attacks.
The physical symptoms associated with panic disorder, include:
Panic disorders can be caused by a variety of potential risk factors that combine the environment, personal health, and family history. Symptoms for panic disorders often exhibit themselves in the late teens or early adulthood.
Other potential risk factors of panic disorder include:
Treatment for panic disorders often combines a variety of different methods. Medication can be used to help correct chemical imbalances in the body. Antidepressants, particularly serotonin reuptake inhibitors like Paxil and Zoloft, are often prescribed to treat panic disorder. Anti-anxiety medications, like Ativan, Klonopin, and Xanax, can also help to treat panic disorders. For situational anxiety, your doctor may prescribe beta-blockers and other heart medications.
Psychotherapy plays a huge role in reducing panic disorder. It can help address how you respond to stress and response to panic attacks. Cognitive-behavioral therapy can help you learn to identify triggers and better recognize and alter thoughts and habits that can lead to negative emotions.
HARP can provide assistance for panic disorders caused by or associated with drug abuse. If you have any questions or are ready to get help today, please give us a call at (877) 806-5022.