Anxiety and Panic Disorder Therapies

Anxiety is normal and everyone has experienced it.  However, when anxiety and panic symptoms become anxiety and panic attacks, it may become an anxiety disorder.  Anxiety disorders include social anxiety, general anxiety and panic disorder.

Panic disorder strikes without warning.  Sudden attacks of fear that are out of proportion to a situation can be debilitating.  Symptoms include racing heart, trembling, sweating, nausea, difficulty breathing and a fear that you are about to die.   A person suffering from panic attacks may develop a chronic fear of having an attack.  This can lead the person to begin avoiding situations where they have had an attack or feel they may have one.

There are many factors that can lead to panic disorders.  Brain abnormalities, major life stress, family history or substance abuse can be contributors.  This disorder most often begins in late adolescence and early adulthood.  It is twice as common in women.

Getting treatment as soon as possible provides the best chance of recovering from anxiety.  Therapy to develop coping skills, hypnosis, relaxation techniques and medications are all treatments to consider.

Find a therapist in your area for assistance.  Psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and registered counsellors are all trained to provide treatment for anxiety and panic.