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There are nearly six million people that suffer from panic attacks that recur frequently over their lifetime. Panics attacks are typically classified as sudden periods when an individual is crippled by fear or anxiety. The attacks usually last a few minutes and usually stem from fear of losing control, disasters, but occasionally occur for no reason. Because the spontaneity of the occurrences, many individuals find themselves constantly in fear and always trying to anticipate the next attack.

Panic attacks are usually developed in childhood, and typically follow individuals well into their adulthood. Some people are fortunate and only experience one or two in their lifetime, but for many that is not the case. Unfortunately for women, they are twice as likely to develop panic disorders.

Panic Disorder

Panic disorder is described as a life disrupting disorder that significantly affects an individual’s life. The disorder is classified by the occurrence panic attacks, which happen frequently, without warning, and many times for no reason at all. There is no real explanation for instances where there is no obvious reason for an attack. Opposite from many other disorders, panic attacks can be identified through physical symptoms, all of which resemble symptoms of a heart attack.

Unfortunately, there is no predictability for panic attacks. Reasons for attacks can range from something as small as visiting locations, to facing a traumatic event. Individuals who suffer from location centered panic attacks and often worry about the next location that will trigger an attack, often exhibit symptoms similar to those of people suffering from agoraphobia. Essentially these people tend to frequently stay home, and stray away from traveling to any unfamiliar place.

Fortunately, if this disorder is addressed in its early stages it can be treated and may save the individual from ever experiencing it again.

What are the causes?

The true cause of Panic Disorder is still inconclusive, but it is noted that heredity is a common indicator of who will experience it. Some speculations by medical professionals for its origins include: death of a loved one, serious illness, a history of childhood trauma, a history of panic attacks in the family, currently undergoing a traumatic stress, chronic stress, and major life changes.

What are the symptoms?

Panic Disorder may be hard to identify but there are some indicators that a person may suffer from Panic Disorder. The symptoms include: experiencing fear that lasts from five to ten minutes, sensing impending danger, frequent panic attacks, sudden panic attacks, loss of self-control during an attack, and avoidance of a location when a previous attack happened. As for identifying a panic attack, the symptoms resemble those of a heart attack. The individual may experience a rapid heart beat, breathing problems, stomach pain, chest pain, numb or tingling hands, hot and cold flashes, dizziness, weakness, and sweating.

Treatment

Panic Disorder is the most treatable of all anxiety disorders. Unfortunately it’s one that usually takes the longest to detect because of the sporadic occurrence of the symptoms and the fact that the main symptom is a symptom for many other disorders. About half of the all the patients diagnosed with Panic Disorder are also diagnosed with depression as well. Thus, treatment centers must provide a thorough initial assessment and designed to identify any underlying or co-occurring symptoms.

After being admitted to a healthcare facility, patients undergo the comprehensive assessment that is administered by professionally trained medical staff. The staff is trained to inspect for conditions that occur while the panic attacks are happening. From the assessment a treatment plan is designed and implemented to help reduce the patient’s risk of suffering any future attacks.

The treatment plans typically combine Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and medication. The two types of medication administered are antidepressants and anti-anxiety which may be given in combination. The Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has been proven to help reduce and or completely remove all symptoms of Panic Disorder. Along with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), individual psychotherapy or group psychotherapy may be prescribed as part of the treatment process.

Along with this treatment, patients are encouraged to make positive changes in their lifestyle to complement the therapy. Some of the recommendations include, meditation, yoga, art therapy, equine therapy, limiting alcohol, following a healthy diet, limiting caffeine, equine therapy, and starting an exercise program. These elements can be used to help balance treatment and improve an individual’s chance of experiencing prolonged success, because they help reduce stress, and they increase an individual’s ability to cope with stress.


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