Panic Disorder (PD) is characterized by repeated attacks of panic, which seem to “come out of the blue”. Individuals with Panic Disorder often erroneously fear that their panic attacks might cause them to have a heart attack or stroke, to go crazy, or to lose control. Symptoms can include heart palpitations, chest pain or discomfort, sweating, trembling, tingling sensations, feeling of choking, fear of dying, fear of losing control, and feelings of unreality.
Panic disorder often occurs with agoraphobia, in which people are afraid of having a panic attack in a place from which escape would be difficult. This can lead to widespread avoidance of public places.
For more information about how panic episodes start, increase, and are successfully treated, please read our 8-part blog series on panic, which includes the following articles:
- The Top 4 most common (and unhelpful ways) people cope with panic
- What is the best way to cope with a panic attack?
- Taking back control: In Vivo exposure ideas for defeating panic
If you have been suffering from panic, you don’t need to struggle alone any longer. Cognitive Behavior Therapy is more than just talking about problems. We offer tools and skills that equip you to overcome panic and get back to life on your own terms. Call us today for a free consultation to see how we can be of help.