Panic Disorder Treatment

Panic DisorderMany people experience panic at some point in their lives. Perhaps a parent lost sight of their child in the store. Maybe when crossing the street, a car suddenly appeared driving faster than it should be. These episodes have a direct cause and the fear is alleviated as soon as the situation is resolved. These people can then continue normally about their day. Panic disorder, however, is a mental disorder in which fear and anxiety come about suddenly and with no apparent cause. They occur unexpectedly, sometimes occurring during sleep as well. You feel out of control, unable to do anything about this fear. Over time, your fear increases, eventually interfering with your ability to function in day to day life.

What are the Symptoms of Panic Disorder?

Panic attacks occur suddenly, often unprovoked in seemingly harmless situations. Symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath.
  • Pounding heart.
  • Extreme feelings of dread.
  • Shaking.
  • Nausea.
  • Fear of losing control.
  • Fear you might die.

How Does Panic Disorder Affect Your Life?

While panic attacks are often short-lived, the feelings that occurred leave a lasting impression. Untreated, panic disorder only worsens over time, leading to more and more fears. For these reasons, panic disorder has a significant impact on all aspects of your life – home, work/school, and social.

  • You avoid doing activities that seem to trigger panic attacks, even if these were once activities you enjoyed.
  • Your economic status may be affected.  You could give up a great job in favor of a lower paying job simply because it is closer to home.
  • You may develop anticipatory anxiety, which is the fear you feel just thinking about the possibility of another attack.
  • You may develop specific phobias of situations in which you previously had a panic attack.
  • You could develop agoraphobia or the fear of being in situations or places where an attack may occur but escape or finding help is difficult.  You may, for this reason, not leave your house or only travel a certain distance or to certain places.  About one in every three people with panic disorder develop agoraphobia.

You Can Regain Control

``I know this transformation is painful, but you're not falling apart; you're just falling into something different, with the capacity to be beautiful`` - William C. Hannan

Panic disorder often leaves you feeling as though your life is no longer your own. But with the right professional help, you can regain control of your life again. It is important that you seek help rather than try to self-medicate with over the counter medications, drugs or alcohol, or herbal supplements as these can contain ingredients that actually exacerbate your panic attacks rather than make them better. Her House Rehab is the safe, controlled environment with trained professionals that can give you the help you need.

After Treatment

Her House Rehab can give you the help and tools you need to take control over your life again. After treatment you can:

  • Learn ways to minimize fear and worry, such as relaxation techniques and avoiding caffeine.
  • Learning healthy ways to cope with stress, such as exercising and adopting a healthy diet.
  • Reach out to family and friends.
  • Take steps to travel outside of “safe zones.”

It is important to note that even after treatment, there is still the possibility of having another panic attack. This should not discourage you. Her House Rehab is always available to give you the help you need to stay in control.

Panic disorder can have a significant impact on your life. You begin to withdraw from situations you used to enjoy and may even isolate yourself to your house, cutting yourself off from the world completely. But with Her House Rehab by your side, you can gain the tools you need to effectively deal with the illness. If you are need of help, give us a call today!


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