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Panic Disorder

Anyone who has had a panic attack knows they can be terrifying. In fact, they’re often mistaken for heart attacks. Individuals suffering from panic disorder have these attacks on a continual basis and live in fear of the next one.

The team of mental health experts at Creative Care compassionately guides our clients through the underlying causes of their panic disorders, teaching them to recognize dysfunctional thinking patterns and offering positive coping strategies for overcoming them. To learn more about our mental health treatment program, call today.

Common Questions About Panic Disorders

Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder that features multiple panic attacks. While stress is a factor in the development of the disorder, panic attacks can manifest out of the blue without an associated trigger. These episodes are very intense and result in physical symptoms, sometimes causing a visit to the emergency room. The fear or worry of recurrence to the point it affects one’s daily living is also an element of panic disorder.

Panic attacks are marked by an overwhelming sense of dread, along with physical symptoms. These can include:

  • Chest pain or tightness
  • Heart palpitations, racing, or pounding
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Nausea
  • Feelings of detachment

Like other anxiety disorders, panic disorders are thought to be the result of an imbalanced fight-flight-or-freeze response and a sensitivity to fear. Certain environmental concerns can also increase the risk of panic disorder. High levels of stress have been tied to panic disorder, as has depression. Researchers have also noticed a link between panic disorders and phobias like agoraphobia and claustrophobia.

Treatment of panic disorder often involves a blend of medication and therapy. Antidepressants have proven to be effective in some cases, as have limited regimens of anti-anxiety medications. Therapies like cognitive behavioral therapy and CBT-informed therapy are also helpful in teaching clients to spot previously unrecognized triggers and develop coping skills in response to them.

Creative Care works alongside clients to find the blend of treatment best suited to each individual. A treatment plan will include a full psychological assessment, physical examination, and family history study, followed by individual and group counseling sessions, mindfulness exercises, activity groups, and more.

Creative Care has over 30 years of experience helping individuals manage and overcome mental health conditions like personality disorders. For compassionate, innovative treatment, call Creative Care today.