According to the American Psychiatric Association, clinical panic disorder is the presence of recurrent and unexpected panic attacks. Recurrent means that the individual experiences more than one panic attack. Unexpected refers to the panic attack being seemingly unprovoked, that is, not as a result of a predictable time, place, or set of circumstances the individual knows to be particularly anxiety-provoking for them, such as driving on high mountain roads. Another type of unexpected panic attack is one that wakes an individual from sleep, called a nocturnal panic attack. Half of the people with a panic disorder experience expected panic attacks in addition to unexpected panic attacks. Fortunately, there are mental health treatment options available. Contact the panic disorder treatment center in Los Angeles at Silicon Beach Treatment Center today at 866.520.4881.
What complicates living with this disorder is that panic increases in anticipation of yet another panic attack. Individuals with a panic disorder generally accumulate concern about future panic attacks because of the physical implications, social implications, and cognitive implications. Individuals may worry that the physiological symptoms of their panic attack may indicate a dangerous medical issue, such as a heart attack. They may also be concerned about others’ perceptions of them in a social situation because of the outwardly noticeable physical signs of the panic attack. They may also worry about their own inability to regulate using their rational mind. Self-imposed restrictions and constrictions are common as the individual with panic disorder attempts to forestall the onset of a panic attack by avoiding places, circumstances, and situations they fear may provoke a panic attack.
A panic attack often begins as an abrupt experience of mounting fear or an inexplicable sense of discomfort. Due to this stress, particular areas in the human brain become hyperactive. The brain begins to experience fear and pain. These instances happen simultaneously as the body’s sympathetic nervous system arms the body to defend itself, signaling the need for fight or flight.
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There are a distinct set of physiological and psychological symptoms experienced by individuals suffering from a panic disorder. A panic attack caused by panic disorder must meet the four of the following symptoms:
Anxiety can be a symptom of a panic attack. However, panic attacks and anxiety attacks differ from each other. Some specific differences that can distinguish a panic attack from an attack linked to anxiety are: An attack of anxiety:
A panic attack:
Recovering from a panic disorder, as any holistic process involving healing, is a restorative and gradual process. While there are advancements in panic attack treatment modalities, it can take time to find the treatment style or treatment combination that works best for you. At Silicon Beach Treatment Center, we can treat panic disorder. Our caring, trained professionals will work diligently to bring you the support, interventions, and treatment you need. To learn more about our panic disorder treatment center in Los Angeles, contact Silicon Beach Treatment Center today at 866.520.4881.
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