Panic Disorder Treatment
For those with a panic disorder, every day is filled with troublesome events.
For those with a panic disorder, every day is filled with troublesome events. Tasks as simple as getting the mail could be a stressful ordeal. Each individual has their own set of triggers for their Panic Disorder. Panic Disorder is generally caused by a traumatic event, which could range from frequently being bullied as a child, all the way to experiencing a major event like a car crash. The disorder bring back the anxiety of the traumatic moment, and improperly applies that intensity to situations that occur daily. This causes the individual to constantly be in fear, and suffer from extreme amounts of stress and anxiety. For individuals with Panic Disorder to to seek proper treatment.
Panic Disorder is something that could seriously alter a person’s life, causing them to avoid people, situations, and/or locations. People with Panic Disorders typically will go out of their way to avoid anything that could possibly trigger a panic attack. Often people with Panic Disorders become agoraphobic, because public places are a trigger for their Panic Disorder. Luckily for those with Panic Disorder, there are treatments that can help alleviate some of the stress of their disorder.
Many times those with the disorder do not know they have the disorder, or they seek drug use to help them deal with the disorder. Typically, drug use and self medication make the condition worst. Instead of making the symptoms manageable they make themselves dependent on a substance exacerbate their Panic Disorder. Certified facilities are the be option for treatment because they have the ability to provide non-habit-forming medication, and provide individuals with the tools to better control anxiety levels.
Prevalence of Panic Disorder
Research from The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that six million individuals in the United States suffer from Panic Disorder. Panic Disorder falls under the category of anxiety disorders. With it being so prevalent in the United States, and because many of those afflicted with the disorder attempt to self-medicate at some point, there are now many facilities that aim to help those with the disorder. These facilities are equipped with licensed professionals and are able to handle the delicate situation where a person suffers from Panic Disorder and has tried to self medicate.
Explanation of Panic Disorder
The main symptom for panic disorder are panic attacks, which are often abrupt. Panic attacks are moments of extended fear that can last up to ten minutes. Often times, individuals are rendered crippled by the fear experienced during a panic attack. Though they seem abrupt, many times panic attacks are caused by an accumulation of stress.
Those living with Panic Disorder frequently have their lives disrupted by the intrusive attacks. Something a simple as shopping for groceries can cause an attack, with an after effect of rendering the individual fearful of shopping at the same location. There is a bright side to Panic Disorder, the sooner it’s diagnosed, the easier it is to treat. With early treatment, Panic Disorder is easily manageable.
Panic Disorder Symptoms
Panic disorder isn’t always apparent, but the most obvious symptom of are experiencing frequent panic attacks, losing control during a panic attack, and frequently fearing another panic attack will happen.
Symptoms of a panic attack include: heavy sweating, difficulty breathing, weakness, racing heartbeat, dizziness, hot flashes, cold flashes, numb or tingling hands, chest pain, stomach pain, loss of control, illogical fear of locations, and an unexplainable sense of danger.
Treating Panic Disorders
When treating Panic Disorder, our first step is to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the individual and the situation. This helps to find all underlying conditions that could be influencing the condition. If multiple conditions are found, such as drug use or other disorders, they can all be treated simultaneously. After performing a complete assessment, we will create an individualized treatment plan that will usually include medication and multiple therapeutic modalities.
The treatment process usually combines medication and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). There are two types of medication that are usually administered to these patients, anti-anxiety and antidepressants, which may be given in combination. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is used to help reduce the symptoms of Panic Disorder. Group psychotherapy and individual psychotherapy may be prescribed as part of the treatment process, along with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
To improve the results of treatment, individuals are guided to make lifestyle changes that have a positive impact on their general health. Some of the suggested changes include: yoga, meditation, limiting alcohol, art therapy, following a healthy diet, equine therapy, limiting caffeine, and starting an exercise program. These lifestyle changes in combination with medication and therapy offer an individual the best opportunity for managing their panic disorder.