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We believe that anxiety disorders are treatable and that no one should have to live with excessive anxiety.

Panic Disorder

What is Panic Disorder?

People with panic disorder experience sudden rushes of fear or anxiety that seem to come from out of the blue. These panic attacks include a number of intense physical sensations such as a racing or pounding heart, shortness of breath, and dizziness. Additionally, there is often fear of dying or losing control during the attack, and fear of future attacks. People with panic disorder may also develop agoraphobia, a condition where they avoid going out in public for fear they will be in a difficult or embarrassing position if a panic attack occurs.

Panic attack

A panic attack is a discrete period of intense fear or discomfort, in which four (or more) of the following symptoms developed abruptly and reached a peak within 10 minutes:

  • palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate
  • sweating
  • trembling or shaking
  • sensations of shortness of breath or smothering
  • feeling of choking
  • chest pain or discomfort
  • nausea or abdominal distress
  • feeling dizzy, unsteady, lightheaded, or faint
  • derealization (feelings of unreality) or depersonalization (being detached from oneself)
  • fear of losing control or going crazy
  • fear of dying
  • paresthesias (numbness or tingling sensations)
  • chills or hot flashes

  • Clinical Services
  • Diagnostic assessment and treatment options for Panic Disorder.
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
  • This treatment is on a fee-for-service basis. We also offer a free initial assessment.

    Panic Disorder Resouces

    National

    Client work book

    Mastery of Your Anxiety and Panic