Panic disorders are diagnosed when a person experiences recurring panic attacks. As defined by the DSM-5, panic attacks are “abrupt surges of intense fear or discomfort that peak within minutes.” Statistics say that 1 out of 75 people may experience a panic disorder. Panic disorders can be overwhelming and disrupt daily life for those diagnosed. If you have a panic disorder and need help managing your symptoms, seek help. There are many resource centers and health professionals available to help guide you towards the appropriate treatment.
Symptoms of Panic Disorders
While panic attacks can vary depending on the person, there are many common symptoms people with panic disorder may experience. Some of the symptoms of panic disorder may include the following:
- Rapid heartbeat
- Shortness of breath
- Tightness in chest or chest pain
- Feeling as if there’s a lump in your throat
- Social Anxiety
- Nausea and vomiting
- Sweating or chills
- Dissociation or depersonalization
- Numbness or tingling in extremities
- Irrational fears
- Anxiety and depression
If you have a panic disorder, reach out. A residential treatment center may be beneficial in helping you regain balance in life—mental health matters.
Treatment for Panic Disorders
There are several options for treating panic disorders. The main goal is to reduce or eliminate the symptoms to better your overall quality of life. In severe cases, inpatient rehabilitation may be necessary to provide the best care possible. Treatment options include outpatient rehab, cognitive behavioral therapy, anti-anxiety medication, structured schedule, exercise, avoiding stimulants, stress management, and support groups in less severe cases. If you or a loved one needs help managing your panic disorder, talk to a behavioral health professional to discuss the most effective treatment plan for you. It is not always easy to address mental health, but with the right help, it is possible to live a happy life.