Panic Disorder is an anxiety disorder characterized by unexpected periods of intensely stressful symptoms, such as sweating, shaking, shortness of breath, and fear. People experiencing panic attacks often end up in the emergency rooms as the symptoms are often misconstrued as a heart attack. These very sudden episodes are known as panic attacks. Although they can be very frightening experiences, it is very important to know that panic attacks are absolutely harmless. Psychologists can help teach you how to better manage the panic attacks.
Although a direct cause for panic attacks remain unknown, risk factors have been found and associated to the condition. These risk factors include a history of child abuse, pre-existing stress, and smoking. In addition, a significant portion of those who suffer from Panic Disorder also have family members who experience the same challenges, as well.
Panic Disorder Treatment
Similar to the treatment of other anxiety disorders, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the treatment of choice in the treatment of panic attacks and panic disorder. Other therapeutic approaches such as mindfulness and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy are also successfully used in the treatment of panic disorders.