Panic relates to an intense discomfort or fear that comes on suddenly. A panic attack is when this fear is accompanied by physical symptoms, which vary between people. Some typical symptoms include increased heart rate, sweating, and rapid and shallow breathing. Panic attacks can peak within minutes and happen unexpectedly, or are triggered by specific situations.
Panic disorder is a mental health condition and one of the anxiety disorders. Those affected experience a sudden onset of panic symptoms which recur. Due to the fear and distress associated with having an attack, people who experience the condition tend to worry about having another attack. This means they may avoid certain situations because they believe it will trigger an attack. This kind of avoidance can impact daily life, relationships, and life quality.
As with most mental health conditions, there is no known direct cause for the development of panic disorder. Research suggests a combination of genetic, environmental, and psychological factors. For example:
Even though panic attacks or panic disorder can be challenging to live with, they are treatable. At Phinity, we will start my conducting a holistic psychological assessment towards development of a suitable treatment plan. This can result in the option of various psychological treatments that have proven effective for panic disorder. These include:
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