A Specific Type of Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety disorders are some of the most common mental health problems in the country with around 30% of Americans experiencing them at some point in their lives. Researchers don’t completely understand the causes behind these disorders. However, there appears to be a genetic component. Furthermore, traumatic experiences, especially those occurring in childhood, dramatically increase the risk of anxiety disorders. This week, we are going to take a look at a certain type of anxiety disorder. Specifically, panic disorder.

What is Panic Disorder?

Panic disorder is marked by recurrent panic attacks. These attacks are a physical overreaction to stress and can include a sense of impending doom, accelerated heart rate, shortness of breath, dizziness, sweating, and trembling. Panic attacks can be terrifying. In fact, people sometimes mistake them for heart attacks. However, they are not uncommon, with one in ten American adults experiencing them a year. However, only about 3% of the population suffers from panic disorder. These individuals have experienced two or more panic attacks and constantly worry about the next one, sometimes to the point of changing their daily behavior to avoid it.

How is Panic Disorder Treated?

People struggling with panic disorder respond very well to psychotherapy, particularly psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral therapies. A study by Svensson et al revealed that 70% of participants receiving one of those two therapies for their panic disorders showed clear improvement two years after treatment had ended and 45% in complete remission. Somatic therapies like Somatic Experiencing and EMDR are also effective, especially when the panic disorder is grounded in historical trauma. These mind-body approaches work to align bodily response with the rational mind and tame an out-of-control fight-or-flight response. Furthermore, both of these types of therapies become particularly potent when combined with mindfulness practices.

Innovative, Creative Care

Creative Care offers a holistic, “whole-person” approach to mental health treatment. Indeed, our fully-equipped staff tailors an individualized treatment plan for each client, with a blend of therapeutic modalities that will best meet their needs. For example, a treatment plan for a client struggling with panic disorder may include:

  • Individual and group therapy 
  • Psychological and diagnostic testing
  • Medications
  • Family or couples therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Nutrition group
  • Equine group
  • Yoga and other relaxation therapy

With over 30 years of experience treating co-occurring conditions, Creative Care is an oasis for individuals who need the extra support, accountability, and direction to heal. If you or someone you love is suffering from a panic disorder, please consider giving Creative Care a call. Begin your journey to recovery today.