Panic Disorder

Panic disorder is an anxiety disorder that causes sudden, repeated episodes of intense fear. These “panic attacks,” as they are more commonly known, may last from minutes to hours.

Those who suffer from panic disorder suddenly experience several of the following symptoms in a span of 10 minutes: fear of losing control or of dying, feelings of choking, detachment or unreality, chest discomfort or heart palpitations, nausea or upset stomach, tingling or numbness, chills or hot flashes, trembling, or shortness of breath. Attacks may be followed by months of fear of having another attack.

Those with the disorder often worry about the significance of their panic attacks and this often leads to abrupt and extreme changes in behavior at home, school, or work. Regular exercise, adequate sleep, and scheduled meal cycles have been shown to reduce the frequency of panic attacks, as has avoiding caffeine and other stimulants.

These alone are usually not enough to prevent attacks, however. The first step towards significant and sustained improvement begins with a visit to my office. In addition to a physical examination, I will perform a rigorous psychiatric evaluation to get a sense of what particularly is affecting you. Though some of you may not be entirely cured, most patients can expect rapid improvement through behavior and drug therapies.

Our message is clear: if panic attacks are interfering with your work, behavior or relationship, please give me a call today and let me help you.