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Panic Disorder Treatment

The occasional panic attack during a traumatic event is not usually a cause for concern, but it can be frightening. Recurrent panic attacks are a characteristic of panic disorders. Our team of providers at Prime Psychiatry in Frisco, Texas, offers detailed psychiatric evaluations and personalized care for panic disorders and their widespread effects. If you experience panic attacks regularly, schedule an appointment by calling Prime Psychiatry or booking one online today. Telepsychiatry appointments are also available.

What are panic disorders?

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. 

What are some common symptoms of panic attacks?

Panic attacks, the main characteristic of panic disorders, can appear with psychological and physiological symptoms simultaneously. During a panic attack, you might experience:

  • Dissociation or detachment from reality
  • Overwhelming fear or doom
  • Sweating
  • Chills
  • Shaking
  • Hot flashes
  • Nausea
  • Lightheadedness
  • Chest pain
  • Heart palpitations
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Hyperventilation or trouble breathing
  • Throat tightness

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. 

What are my treatment options for panic disorders?

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. 

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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, TMS Therapy, uses short pulses of magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in one of the areas of the brain thought to control mood. TMS Therapy is performed in a psychiatrist’s office under his or her supervision while you remain awake and alert.
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