Panic Disorder/Panic Attacks Treatment in Irvine, CA
A panic disorder is a mental health condition that causes people to suffer from panic attacks. Panic attacks trigger sudden feelings of extreme fear and danger even when no real risk exists. Attacks can last several minutes or longer and may trigger strong physical responses. Some people feel as though they are having a heart attack or may have trouble breathing.
Panic attacks are disturbing for those who suffer from them and cause worry about when they will return.
To learn more about panic attacks and get help, please call (949) 202-5268 or contact Debra A Hill, MD online.
Panic Attack Symptoms
Panic attacks can come on quickly or with very little warning. Symptoms may include:
- Feeling out of control
- Feelings of sudden and repetitive fear
- Avoidance of places or situations that have triggered panic attacks in the past
- Physical symptoms including tingling or numb hands, sweating, racing or pounding heart rate, chest pain, stomach pain and more
What Causes Panic Attacks?
No one is certain about what causes panic attacks, but they tend to run in families. Scientists believe that if we can better understand the brain's role in fear and anxiety, we may one day have a better understanding about panic attacks and develop more effective treatments.
Diagnosing Panic Disorder & Panic Attacks
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, even though panic attacks are one of the most treatable anxiety disorders, many people will spend years looking for the right diagnosis. Anxiety disorders can be coupled with other mental health conditions including depression or bipolar disorder , and some patients will self-medicate with drugs or alcohol.
For the most effective treatment of your panic attacks, don't wait until you are afraid to go out or find yourself avoiding certain situations that might trigger an attack.
Instead, see your healthcare provider and be honest with him or her about your feelings and symptoms. Your healthcare provider will need to do a thorough physical examinations and may also take blood to look for any physical triggers of your anxiety.
Panic Attack Treatment
Most people respond well to a blend of psychotherapy and medications to treat their panic disorder and panic attacks. The type of treatment that works best will vary from person to person. Your healthcare provider can guide your treatment options.
Psychotherapy is believed to be great way to retrain the brain and help you find ways to change your thoughts, behaviors and reactions to stressful situations.
Most people with anxiety are treated with a blend of anti-anxiety and antidepressant medications. Anti-anxiety medications are not meant to be used as a long-term solution. Antidepressants are better for long-term use but can take weeks to begin working.
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To learn more about panic attacks and panic disorder, please call (949) 202-5268 or contact Debra A Hill, MD online.
Debra A Hill, MD
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Laguna Hills, CA 92653
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