Panic disorders are psychiatric conditions that cause recurrent panic attacks throughout life. Some people experience a panic attack once or twice throughout their lives during periods of high stress or trauma; this is entirely normal. However, if you experience panic attacks unexpectedly and often enough that you fear for the next one, you might have a panic disorder.
Panic attacks happen when you’re overcome with intense fear, even in cases when there’s no imminent danger. These feelings are so strong that you can experience physiological reactions and symptoms. For example, you might feel like you’re having a heart attack or like you’ve completely lost control over your thoughts and emotions.
Panic attacks, and the anxiety associated with them, can have a significant impact on your life. If you’re concerned about panic attacks or get them regularly, our team offers evaluations for panic disorders.
Panic attacks, the main characteristic of panic disorders, can appear with psychological and physiological symptoms simultaneously. During a panic attack, you might experience:
You might not have much mental clarity while a panic attack is happening, but it’s important to realize that the panic attack itself is not dangerous or life-threatening. However, without specialized care, your panic attacks can intensify over time.
If the symptoms of a panic attack are new to you and you’re not sure if a panic attack caused them, you should get medical care quickly to rule out other possible causes.
At Prime Psychiatry, our team performs psychiatric evaluations for panic disorders. If you only have panic attacks once in a while, you might not have a panic disorder. Our team explains your diagnosis before recommending the next steps.
To treat panic disorders, our team builds a personalized care plan, emphasizing the importance of lifestyle habits. After a series of questions about your behaviors and lifestyle, we make recommendations such as smoking cessation, diet changes, or limiting alcohol consumption.
As with other psychiatric disorders, a combination of psychotherapy and medications can treat panic disorder along with regular appointments with your Prime Psychiatry providers. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and benzodiazepines are two medication types that psychiatrists often prescribe for panic disorders.
Psychotherapy works best with consistent visits. Your provider helps you familiarize yourself with the signs of a panic attack so the incidents no longer feel life-threatening. To help you with your follow-ups, our team offers convenient remote telepsychiatry visits with video conferencing.
To schedule a psychiatric evaluation and learn more about panic disorders, contact Prime Psychiatry by phone or book an appointment online today.