Panic disorder, often mistaken for anxiety, is a different disorder. Though, those with disorder still suffer from panic attacks. The key difference between the two disorders is that those with generalized anxiety feel anxious (almost) constantly, whereas with those whom have panic disorder don't always feel anxious. These panic attacks are large bursts of extreme anxiety that can last for different lengths of time depending on the person. These panic attacks can also affect said person's behavior or mentality for a long time afterwards. People with this disorder may also find themselves dreading another panic attack for long times afterwards. If you believe you suffer from this disorder please seek help from a professional, it's very hard to know if you have anxiety or panic disorder and only a professional can correctly diagnose you, give you medication, and recommend therapy.
- quickening heartbeat
- loss of breath
- cold skin
- muscle tension
- butterflies in your stomach
The most common forms of therapy use to treat this disorder are CBT and psychotherapy. Medicine is usually helpful for those suffering form this disorder.
- CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy)
- DBT (dialectal behavioral therapy)
- Other behavioral therapies/pyschotherapy
Medication used most often used to treat panic disorders are SSRIs, these medications are not dangerous, have few side-affects, and are used to treat many disorders. (Depression, anxiety, anorexia, etc...)
- Panic attacks can cause chest pain, causing them to be mistaken for heart attacks.
John M. Grohol. "Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder Treatments." Mayo Clinic. MayoClinic, 17 July 2016. Web. 15 Jan. 2017. <http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/panic-attacks/basics/treatment/con-20020825>.
Mayo Clinic Staff. "Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder Treatments and Drugs." Mayo Clinic. Mayo Clinic, 19 May 2015. Web. 15 Jan. 2017. <http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/panic-attacks/basics/treatment/con-20020825>.