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Panic Disorder

Panic disorder occurs when someone has repeated panic attacks with no apparent cause or fixed trigger. This can lead to a relatively constant state of fear of another panic attack, leading to a loop in which fear of a panic attack will lead to more panic attacks. Always remember that only a licensed therapist can suggest best therapy for panic disorder.

Panic Disorder

Facts To Know!!

  • Good diet and exercise can positively impact panic disorder.
  • Generally, panic disorder occurs in people between the ages of 20 and 40 but it can also affect children and the elderly.
  • Panic disorder is often misdiagnosed as a thyroid condition.
  • The average length of panic attacks are 4-6 minutes.
  • Panic disorder is twice as common in women as it is in men.

Panic Disorder

Watch short video introduction on what Panic Disorder looks like.

What causes Panic Disorder?

  • Fear and worry are the two main causes of panic disorder.

  • Panic disorder can happen due to hypoglycaemia i.e. low blood sugar.

  • Panic disorder tends to be linked to significant changes in life such as graduating from college and entering the workplace, getting married or delivering a baby.

  • Severe stress or trauma, such as the death of a loved one, divorce, or job loss can also lead to panic disorder.

Feeling of fear

Difficulty swallowing

Breathing shortness

Pounding heartbeat

Chest or stomach ache

Shivering

Dizziness

Sweating

Symptoms of Panic Disorder?

Treatment

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - This technique challenges unhelpful thoughts and beliefs.

  • Psychotherapy- This therapy is done through talk therapy.

  • Medication- Antidepressant medications are usually used to treat panic disorders.

  • Supportive Psychotherapy-This technique is all about general information and realistic hope for improvement shared by the therapist to client about the disorder.

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