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Panic Disorder Treatment

Panic Disorder Treatment at Promises

Promises Treatment Centers provides evidence-based treatment for panic disorder and other anxiety disorders. We use a blend of traditional, alternative and medical interventions to help clients manage their symptoms while addressing the underlying issues that may be contributing to their condition. Panic disorder treatment includes behavioral therapies that help clients address anxious thoughts and issues like past trauma and emotional pain. Our psychiatric team may also prescribe medication as clinically appropriate.

Anxiety disorders commonly co-occur with substance abuse. Clients may use drugs or alcohol as a way to self-medicate anxiety. As part of panic disorder treatment, our specially trained treatment team will conduct thorough assessments to determine all co-occurring issues and craft a treatment plan that addresses all of these challenges. Clients learn healthy coping skills and ways to manage anxiety without drugs, alcohol or other destructive behaviors.

About Panic Disorder

Panic disorder is an anxiety disorder characterized by the repeated, unexpected occurrence of panic attacks. These attacks produce uncontrollable fear and other symptoms in situations that would not normally produce this type of reaction.

Symptoms of Panic Disorder

In addition to fear of things such as loss of control, loss of sanity and death, panic attacks produce symptoms that can include:

  • Involuntary trembling
  • Facial numbness
  • Leg or arm numbness
  • Chest pains
  • Nausea
  • Chills
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Lightheadedness
  • Sweating
  • An unexplained choking or smothering sensation

These symptoms may appear as a non-specific response to high levels of stress or anxiety, as a specific phobic response to certain situations or things, or for no clear reason at all. Even when the underlying causes of an attack are known, the attacks themselves typically appear at unpredictable times. In many cases, a panic attack will last for just a few minutes; however, some people develop panic-related symptoms that last for anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes up to an hour or more. Some people improve with outpatient therapy and medication while others may require residential care at a panic disorder treatment center to successfully manage their symptoms long-term.

Causes of Panic Disorder

The causes of panic disorder aren’t well-understood. However, researchers do know that fear- and anxiety-related responses in human beings come from several different parts of the brain, and people with panic disorder may have complex problems that affect one or more of these areas. The disorder may also stem, in part, from increased anxiety in people who experience isolated panic attacks and subsequently fear a recurrence of attack symptoms.

Increased Rate and Severity in Women

Compared to men, women have a much greater chance of experiencing panic attacks and developing panic disorder. Women develop panic disorder roughly 2.5 times as frequently as men. For both men and women, age is a factor. For example, about 2.5 percent of all girls and women between the ages of 15 and 24 have some form of panic disorder, while about 1.3 percent of boys and men in this age group have the disorder. Roughly 2 percent of women between the ages of 35 and 44 develop some form of panic disorder, while roughly 0.6 percent of men in this age group develop panic-related symptoms.

When panic attacks and/or panic disorder occur, women also have more severe symptoms than men. Women with panic disorder experience recurring panic attacks much more frequently than men with the disorder. Both men and women report a rapid heartbeat as the most common symptom of panic disorder. However, compared to men, women have higher rates of other symptoms, including choking or smothering sensations, lightheadedness and shortness of breath. Women without panic disorder who experience isolated panic attacks also develop these additional symptoms at higher rates than men who experience isolated panic attacks.

Age-Related Risks in Women

While women in their 30s and 40s have somewhat lower risks for panic disorder than women in their late teens and 20s, women over 50 have a significantly increased risk for the disorder, according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Women in this age group have an especially high risk if they experience five or more highly stressful life events in any given 12-month period.

Other factors that increase the risk of panic disorder in women include over 50 health problems such as thyroid disorders, asthma, emphysema, heart disease and a form of headache called migraine with aura. In addition, panic-related problems in this age group are heavily associated with depression and/or the presence of a diagnosed depressive illness such as major depression, dysthymia or mild depression.

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