What is panic disorder?
Individuals with panic disorder experience intense anxiety episodes that are often accompanied by really uncomfortable physiological sensations. The individual may believe that they are having a heart attack, are dying, will pass out, are going to lose control of bladder or bowels, or feeling like they will “go crazy.” In fact, people often discover they have panic disorder after going to the doctor repeatedly or to the emergency department. Over time, people start engaging in less activities and avoiding feared situations out of concern that they are going to have another panic attack. The first step one of our experts in panic treatment will help you with is assess what panic is like for you and what it is that you fear will happen.
What are symptoms of a panic attack?
- Rapid heart rate
- Difficulty catching one’s breath
- Chest pain
- Difficulty concentrating
- Feeling out of control
- Dread that something terrible is going to happen
- The desire to get away/leave the situation
Therapy for panic helps you learn that what you are experiencing is not dangerous and helps you do what you desire in your life.
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