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Panic Disorder Specialist

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Panic Disorder services offered in Adrian, MI

Panic disorder is a common mental health condition affecting people of all ages, causing frequent and unexpected panic attacks. At Adrian Counseling and Psychiatric Clinic in Adrian, Michigan, the team specializes in diagnosing and treating panic disorder. For compassionate care, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Panic Disorder Q & A

What is a panic disorder?

A panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder that causes unexpected panic attacks. Anxiety is a normal reaction to stressful situations. In some cases, your anxiety may be severe enough to cause you to feel panicky. 

However, anxiety and fear happen at any time with a panic disorder, often without an underlying cause. These attacks may be so scary and unexpected that you constantly worry about your next episode, limiting your activities to prevent them.

You’re at greater risk of developing a panic disorder if anxiety disorders run in your family or you have other mental health conditions, such as depression. 

What are the symptoms of a panic disorder?

Anxiety and panic attacks are the common symptoms of a panic disorder. Anxiety causes feelings of fear and worry. Panic is the most severe symptom of anxiety.

A panic attack causes intense feelings of fear and worry. These attacks occur suddenly and unexpectedly, and there’s nothing you can do to stop them once they start. 

During these attacks, you have physical and mental symptoms such as:

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating
  • Shaking
  • Nausea
  • Heart palpitations
  • A feeling of intense doom
  • Feeling like you’re no longer connected to your body

These attacks can vary in duration and may occur once a month or several times a week.

How is a panic disorder diagnosed?

When you visit Adrian Counseling and Psychiatric Clinic with concerns about anxiety and panic attacks, your provider conducts a thorough exam to fully understand your mental health needs.

First, you spend time talking and getting to know your provider. Then, they ask questions about your symptoms and your medical, mental health, and family history. 

The team may diagnose you with a panic disorder if you have repeated panic attacks, you constantly worry about your next attack, and you’ve changed your routine to avoid situations that may trigger an attack.

How is panic disorder treated?

The team at Adrian Counseling and Psychiatric Clinic customizes your treatment plan to best meet your needs. Treatment for a panic disorder may include psychotherapy, medication, or both. The team provides medication management, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and alternative therapies when needed. 

The team works with you, helping you gain control over your anxiety and your panic attacks so you can get back to living your life.

For help with a panic disorder, call the practice or schedule an appointment online today.

 

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References:

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/panic-disorder

https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/conditions/panic-disorder/

https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/4451-panic-disorder 

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