Panic disorder is a disorder where an individual experiences severe anxiety and recurring panic attacks. Panic disorder is differentiated from anxiety in that panic attacks are triggered suddenly, are intense, and last a short time, while the building of stressors precedes anxiety. Panic attacks can be very scary for those experiencing them, and are often mistaken for life-threatening illnesses at first. Although panic disorder is potentially disabling, it can usually be treated with psychotherapy and possibly medication.
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About Panic Disorder
A person who has panic disorder experiences severe and intense panic attacks on a regular basis. For some people, these attacks can occur weekly, or even on a daily basis. The causes of panic disorder have been linked to genetics, as well as psychological factors and occurrences of major life events. Oftentimes, people with panic disorder will start to isolate themselves socially and develop certain fears as a result of their panic attacks. Since intense panic attacks can occur seemingly out of nowhere, a person with panic disorder can become extremely anxious as they worry about experiencing another panic attack.
Treatment Of Panic Disorder
People who suffer from panic disorder are rarely hospitalized for their disorder, and instead, treatment is based on psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, and medication. Weekly counselling sessions with a psychiatrist can help the individual talk through their disorder and understand themselves better. In cognitive therapy, the individual will recognize behaviours and patterns of thought that contribute to their panic disorder. Sometimes, medication is needed and doctors may prescribe antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications for panic disorder.
Post Rehabilitation Of Panic Disorder
A person with panic disorder should continue therapy and medication in the long-term, if that is what the medical professionals following their progress believe. They should also remember that panic attacks can be reduced, but it's rare that they stop completely. It's important to find healthy ways to deal with the panic attacks, and not let them create other mental health problems. Relaxation techniques are often helpful, and a person with panic disorder should develop coping techniques for when they feel anxious or have an attack. Other things that are helpful in aftercare are daily exercise, eating a balanced diet, and cutting out the consumption of caffeine.
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