Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder characterized by repeated and unexpected panic attacks. Panic attacks are intense episodes of fear or discomfort that develop abruptly and peak within minutes. These can include symptoms like heart palpitations, sweating, trembling or shaking, shortness of breath, feelings of impending doom, or fear of losing control or dying.
These attacks can be terrifying and significantly impact a person's quality of life, leading to constant fear and worry about when the next attack might happen. This constant worry might lead to avoidance of certain places or situations to prevent triggering a panic attack.
Consider reaching out for support if you or a loved one:
• Experience recurrent, unexpected panic attacks.
• Worry excessively about having another panic attack or the consequences of a panic attack.
• Change your behavior significantly in response to the attacks (e.g., avoiding exercise or certain places).
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a highly effective treatment for panic disorders. It involves teaching you to understand your fears in a new way and providing you with tools to cope with the physical sensations of panic.
In some cases, medications can also be helpful. Antidepressants and certain types of anti-anxiety medications can help reduce symptoms of panic disorders.
If panic attacks are taking over your life, it's time to reclaim control. Our highly skilled and empathetic team of psychologists are here to guide you through this. Reach out today, take the first step towards a life free from the fear of panic attacks.