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Panic disorder is a form of anxiety where you have overwhelming and sudden feelings of fear. It can often materialise as panic attacks, which is when a person experiences extreme fear which causes symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, feeling faint, sweating and nausea.
Rehab treatment can help you if you are struggling with a panic disorder. Here at Rehab Clinics Group, we offer a variety of treatment options – find out more about panic disorder treatment here.
However, have you ever experienced such panic to the point where you feel like you’re about to pass out, snap or experience a heart attack? Such symptoms are those of a panic disorder, which materialises itself through panic attacks.
As many symptoms of a panic disorder resemble those of an anxiety disorder, many individuals put such responses down to fear or nerves. However, such symptoms do reflect the diagnosis of a panic disorder, which if untreated, can develop into severe mental health issues, and secondary conditions.
The key difference between panic disorder and anxiety is that anxiety can commonly be triggered by internal or external stimuli. Yet a panic attack can amount at any given time, for any given reason, which if experienced on a continuous basis, can develop into a disorder.
Panic attacks themselves will not threaten life. However, the consequences of such action can, which is why panic disorder treatment is highly encouraged as a next step.
Here’s some insight into panic disorder treatment (with FAQ’s) which you can experience here at Rehab Clinics Group.
What are panic attacks?
Panic attacks are the natural response that some individuals will experience to stressful, anxious and fearful situations. It’s found that around 13% of people will experience panic attacks in their lives. In such instances, understanding and managing panic attacks can be eased. However, if panic attacks are consistently experienced, without an influential stimulus, this can result in a panic disorder diagnosis.
A panic attack is the physical feeling of sudden, overcoming fear, which can result in key symptoms. While those symptoms will not deter life, they can deter quality of life, especially if a panic disorder is diagnosed.
At face value, panic attacks are justifiable, as a response to emergency or dangerous situations is expected. However, if such actions are experienced, without the perceived risk of danger, here’s where concerns lie, that the ‘fight or flight’ response system is consistently active, making it hard to differentiate the harmless and the harmful.
In order to break the cycle of ongoing panic attacks, panic disorder treatment will need to be completed, to revert the optimal response of the ‘fight or flight’ system, while also offering rational thinking, coping strategies and clarity.
Causes of panic disorders
Definite causes of panic disorder are unknown, down to the unpredictability of such attacks. However, it is found that chronic stress can influence the development of panic, as the body will be living through the fight response at a prolonged state. Genetics can also influence causations of panic disorders, very similar to other mental health issues. Those with sensitive temperaments, those who cannot process emotions, and those who cannot express themselves also fall at greater risk of panic.
However, a clear indication of cause focuses on cognitive weaknesses and changes, which can turn internal pressures into external responses, of panic. Down to the complexity of panic disorder, psychological therapies will need to be sourced to reduce such pressure and the risk of ongoing relapse.
Panic disorder symptoms
Realistically, panic attacks are the key symptom of panic disorder. However, there are further symptoms that can combine to influence a panic attack.
Panic disorder symptoms include:
- Chest pain
- Dry mouth
- Consistent panic attacks
- Unjustifiable fear
- Feeling faint
- Experiencing a disconnect from your body
- The feeling of choking
- The shakes
All are associated with heightened stress, which can result in such symptoms of the body and mind being placed under demands. Without spotting the signs, a panic attack can be experienced, which while can be a short-term symptom, can be impactful, scary and induce further attacks.
Some of the above can also define alternative conditions. Down to this, medical observations will be encouraged to secure a panic disorder diagnosis. In the event of a diagnosis, panic disorder treatment will be beneficial.
Working through the causation of panic here at Rehab Clinics Group
At Rehab Clinics Group, we hope that greater insight into panic disorder treatment (with FAQ’s) has offered some reassurance and guidance when considering your heightened emotions. Your next step from here should be to consider panic disorder treatment, which we can help you with through our network of centres.
Reach out today to manage your causation and symptoms of panic.