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What is Panic Disorder?
Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder characterised by recurrent panic attacks.
Panic attacks are sudden periods of intense fear or discomfort that may include palpitations, chest pain, and shortness of breath.
These attacks may occur for no apparent reason or may be triggered by a specific situation, such as public speaking or driving.
People with panic disorder often worry about having another panic attack and may go to great lengths to avoid situations that might trigger one. They may also experience symptoms of anxiety or fear between attacks, such as difficulty sleeping, trouble concentrating, or a feeling of being on edge.
Panic disorder can significantly impact an individual's quality of life and their ability to function in daily life, and can also be accompanied by other mental health conditions such as agoraphobia (fear of public places) and generalized anxiety disorder.
Panic disorder can be treated with a combination of medications and therapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy.
Signs and Symptoms of Panic Disorder
Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder that causes recurrent and unexpected panic attacks.
Panic attacks are sudden periods of intense fear or discomfort that can include physical symptoms such as:
Racing or pounding heart
Chest pain or discomfort
Shortness of breath or feeling like you're choking
Trembling or shaking
Feeling faint or dizzy
Nausea or stomach pain
Numbness or tingling
Chills or hot flashes
Fear of dying or losing control
As well as physical symptoms, panic attacks may also cause emotional and behavioral symptoms, such as:
Feelings of impending doom or danger
Feelings of detachment or unreality
A sense of impending loss of control
Intense feelings of fear or anxiety
If you have panic disorder, you may also experience other symptoms between panic attacks, such as:
Constant worry about having another panic attack
Avoiding situations that may trigger a panic attack
Changes in behavior or routines to avoid panic attacks
Difficulty functioning normally due to panic attacks or fear of having another panic attack
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to speak with a mental health professional for a proper diagnosis and treatment. Panic disorder can be effectively treated with therapy, medication, or a combination of both.
What Causes Panic Disorder?
The exact cause of panic disorder is not fully understood. It is thought to result from a combination of genetic, environmental, and psychological factors. Some research suggests that people who have a family history of anxiety or mood disorders may be more likely to develop panic disorder.
Other factors that may increase the risk of developing panic disorder include a history of trauma or abuse, high levels of stress, and certain personality traits (e.g., perfectionism, neuroticism).
Some researchers believe that imbalances in brain chemicals, such as serotonin and norepinephrine, may also play a role in the development of panic disorder. These imbalances may result from a variety of factors, including genetics, environmental factors, and stress.
It's important to note that panic disorder is a treatable condition. If you or someone you know is experiencing panic attacks or other symptoms of panic disorder, it's important to seek help from a mental health professional.
With proper treatment, including therapy and medication, most people with panic disorder can learn to manage their symptoms and live fulfilling lives.
Panic Disorder Treatment
There are several effective treatment options for panic disorder, including:
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT): CBT is a type of talk therapy that can help individuals with panic disorder identify and change negative thought patterns and behaviors that contribute to their anxiety.
Exposure therapy: This type of therapy involves gradually exposing an individual to the situations or objects that trigger their panic attacks in a controlled and safe environment, with the goal of helping them learn to cope with and manage their anxiety.
Relaxation techniques: Techniques such as deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and mindfulness meditation can help individuals manage their anxiety and reduce the frequency and severity of panic attacks.
Medications: Antidepressants, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), are commonly used to treat panic disorder. Benzodiazepines, a type of tranquilizer, may also be used on a short-term basis to reduce the frequency and severity of panic attacks.
It's important to work with a mental health professional to determine the best treatment approach for your specific needs.
How a Panic Disorder Psychologist Can Help
A panic disorder psychologist is a mental health professional who specialises in the treatment of panic disorder.
A panic disorder psychologist can help individuals with panic disorder in a variety of ways. They can provide assessment and diagnosis of the disorder, as well as develop and implement treatment plans that may include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure therapy, and/or medication.
During therapy sessions, the psychologist will work with the individual to identify and challenge negative thoughts and behaviors that may contribute to the panic attacks, and help them develop coping strategies to manage their anxiety and panic symptoms.
The psychologist may also help the individual identify and address any underlying stressors or triggers that may be contributing to the disorder, and provide guidance on how to make lifestyle changes that may help reduce the frequency and intensity of panic attacks.
In addition to providing individual therapy, a panic disorder psychologist may also offer support and guidance to the individual's family members and loved ones, who may be affected by the disorder. They may also work with other members of the individual's healthcare team, such as primary care physicians and psychiatrists, to ensure that the individual receives the most comprehensive and coordinated care possible.
If you or someone you know is experiencing panic attacks or other symptoms of panic disorder, it is important to seek help from a qualified mental health professional. A panic disorder psychologist can provide the necessary support and treatment to help individuals manage their symptoms and improve their overall well-being.
When to Access Our Panic Disorder Services?
Are experiencing panic attacks or feelings of anxiety that are disrupting your daily life? It may be helpful to seek the support of a mental health professional. Panic disorder is a treatable condition, and there are a variety of effective treatment options available.
Some signs that you may benefit from panic disorder treatment include:
Having panic attacks that are frequent or intense
Avoiding certain situations or activities because of panic attacks or fear of having a panic attack
Having difficulty functioning at work, school, or in social situations because of panic attacks
Experiencing physical symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or dizziness during a panic attack
Worrying excessively about having another panic attack
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to seek the support of a mental health professional.
We can help you determine the best course of treatment for your specific needs and help you develop strategies to manage your panic disorder. Just contact our friendly admin team to book an appointment using the contact details below.
02 6061 1144
Panic Disorder Treatment
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Leichhardt NSW 2040