What is panic disorder?

A person suffering from panic disorder repeatedly incurs unwarranted and uncontrollable panic attacks, which are sudden and intense feelings of fear and anxiety. Because panic attacks are so terrible, people suffering from panic disorder often worry and fear excessively about when the next panic attack will occur (these are referred to as anticipatory attacks).

How does panic disorder happen?

No one knows for sure what causes panic disorder, though it is believed to be a combination of genetic predisposition, stress, and environmental factors and usually develops in late adolescence/early adulthood.

What are common symptoms of panic disorder?

Panic disorder is characterized by repeated panic attacks. Symptoms of a panic attack include:

  • Chills or hot flashes
  • Sweating
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Increased heart rate
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Fear of dying or going insane
  • Nausea
  • Numbness
  • Physical weakness
  • Chest pain
  • Stomach pain

What is the treatment for panic disorder?

Treatment for panic disorder depends on the unique situation of the patient. Mind Life Matters offers a number of treatment options for panic disorder. If you feel you may be suffering from panic disorder, we encourage you to request a consultation by clicking here. Alternatively, you can call us at (336) 791-2311.