Suddenly, your hands are shaking, you feel an overwhelming terror, and you have no idea why. Panic attacks are scary both for the person experiencing them and for their family and friends. Luckily, at Advanced Mental Health Care, treatment for panic disorders is available. With locations in Palm Beach, Royal Palm Beach, and Juno Beach, Florida, they have the expertise you need to help you manage your panic attacks. Call to schedule an appointment today, or book one online.
A panic attack is an episode characterized by an overwhelming feeling of anxiety or terror without being in any real danger. If this happens more than once in a relatively short period, your panic attacks may be symptoms of an anxiety disorder.
Symptoms of a panic attack include:
If you’re experiencing four or more of these symptoms, you’re having a panic attack. Panic attacks usually last about 5-10 minutes but can sometimes go on for hours. Many people describe panic attacks as a feeling of having a heart attack or stroke.
If panic attacks go untreated, some people develop a condition called agoraphobia, an intense fear of being out in public.
When you come to Advanced Mental Health Care, your physician begins by taking your medical history and consulting with you about your symptoms. They ask specific questions about your family history because if your parents suffer from panic attacks, it’s likely that you’ll experience them, too.
Panic disorders are treated with a combination of lifestyle changes, cognitive behavioral therapy, and medication.
Lifestyle changes, such as cutting back on caffeine, exercising more often, and performing deep breathing exercises can help quite a bit.
Cognitive behavioral therapy gives you the tools you need to change any thought patterns that might bring on panic attacks. It can also help you identify triggers or factors in your life that may be causing your panic disorder.
Finally, anti-anxiety medications can help you in the short term. Your physician may also prescribe antidepressants, which you can usually take for years.
A combination of treatments often gives you the best chance of getting your panic disorder under control. If you believe you might have a panic disorder, book an appointment with Advanced Mental Health Care today.