Panic Disorders Specialist

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SpotLyte Behavioral Health

Behavioral Health & Therapy Services located in Downingtown, PA

The fear of suffering a distressing panic attack when you're out and about can make leaving home increasingly difficult for people with panic disorders. If you're affected by panic attacks, SpotLyte Behavioral Health can help you overcome your fear. At their office in Downingtown, the skilled team members use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and other techniques to reduce the severity and frequency of panic attacks. To find out more, call the SpotLyte Behavioral Health office nearest you today or book an appointment online.

Panic Disorders Q & A

What are panic disorders?

Panic disorders are a kind of anxiety disorder that causes you to experience panic attacks, where you feel an overwhelming sense of fear and anxiety that overcomes you for brief periods. Panic attacks are often a symptom of phobic disorders as well.  

Panic attacks can happen without warning at any time and are so intense and frightening that you might begin to avoid going out. Without treatment, panic disorders can have a considerable effect on your quality of life and may even become disabling.

The exact cause of panic disorders isn't understood, but research shows it can run in families. It's likely there are environmental factors involved, and severe, chronic stress can often lead to the development of panic disorders.

What symptoms do panic disorders cause?

Symptoms you could experience during a panic attack include:

  • Pounding heart
  • Sweating heavily
  • Nausea
  • Feeling like you can't breathe
  • Scrambled thoughts
  • Shaking
  • Crying
  • Moaning or screaming
  • Inability to move

You may feel out of control during a panic attack or get a sense that something terrible is about to happen. Sometimes panic attacks are so severe they can mimic the symptoms of a heart attack.

Knowing that you could experience a panic attack at any time can cause you to fear one occurring when you're out, which increases the stress you're under and makes the situation worse.

How are panic disorders treated?

If your panic disorder is causing you to have frequent panic attacks, you might benefit from medication. Those most likely to help include antidepressants and anti-anxiety medicines such as serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

Beta-blockers may help some patients with physical symptoms like a pounding heart, while benzodiazepines can help with severe panic attacks for brief periods; however, neither are long-term solutions.

The SpotLyte Behavioral Health team uses cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to help patients who have panic disorder. CBT is a form of talking therapy that teaches you how to think, react, and behave differently when you feel an attack coming on.

CBT offers a long-term solution to panic disorders, helping to reduce the frequency of panic attacks as you learn to manage their physical and emotional effects. Find out how CBT could help with your panic attacks by calling SpotLyte Behavioral Health today or by booking an appointment online.