Treatment for panic attacks address the acute symptoms associated with this anxiety disorder. Panic attacks consist of intense episode of fear that last several minutes and includes at least four of the following symptoms:
Palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate
Trembling or shaking
Sensations of shortness of breath or smothering
Feelings of choking
Chest pain or discomfort
Nausea or abdominal distress
Feeling dizzy, unsteady, light-headed, or faint
Chills or heat sensations
Paresthesia (numbness or tingling sensations)
Derealization (feelings of unreality) or depersonalization (being detached from oneself)
Fear of losing control or “going crazy”
Fear of dying
Treatment for panic attacks must also address the physical symptoms that are often mistaken for a heart attack or some other life-threatening medical condition. This is why the diagnosis of panic disorder is often missed until a lot of other very costly medical procedures, including ER visits, have been tried, but which never address the psychological problem of an underlying panic disorder.
In the meantime the person suffering from panic attacks will develop a very intense anxiety waiting for the next episode of panic to occur. The sooner you seek treatment for panic attacks, the quicker you will experience relief.
The Causes of and Treatment of Panic Disorder:
There is no known definitive cause of panic disorder. It may be inherited but no one is sure so it remains under scientific investigation. However, it is clear that it is a psychological condition, not a physical condition and that panic attacks can be very debilitating. Therefore, the treatment for panic disorders is not physical treatment, but psychological treatment.
The Treatment for Panic Attacks:
The treatment for panic attacks that has proven to be successful includes psychotherapy, medication or both in combination. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the psychotherapy of choice for the treatment of panic attacks. Using this method the therapist teaches their patients how to think differently about their panic attacks. Cognitive behavioral therapy teaches specific strategies changing one’s thought to cope with and reduce anxiety. With the appropriate cognitive behavioral therapy from a skilled psychotherapist panic attacks can be prevented in 70% – 90% of patients. The majority of patients receiving CBT can see a decrease in their panic attacks and symptoms. However, if psychotherapy and medication do not bring the panic attacks under control, more intensive outpatient treatment may be needed for the effective treatment for panic attacks.
Because our treatment for panic attacks relies on evidence based practices, our Intensive Outpatient Program shares many common methods with other successful treatment methods. The foundation of our treatment program for relies on the principles of the stages of change, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused treatment, skills training and identifying repetitive dysfunctional behavioral relationship patterns to provide treatment for panic attacks. In fact, our Intensive Outpatient Program in Memphis, TN that has been proven to be effective in the treatment of these disorders in six peer reviewed treatment outcome studies. Our treatment center provides services to those who need more treatment than one hour a week, but less than 24 hour care, by providing three hours of treatment per day, three to five days per week, in an intensive outpatient setting. If you or a loved one is showing signs of panic attacks or depression, they should be assessed by a trained mental health professional who can help design a plan of care for the treatment for panic attacks that can result in recovery. Treatment for panic attacks can be highly successful. Call us at 901-682-6136 to schedule an appointment.