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Understanding Panic Disorder & How New Dimensions Can Help

Apr 2, 2024 | Adolescent Treatment, Adult Treatment, Panic

Panic disorder is a common and, in many cases, debilitating mental health condition that involves recurrent and unexpected panic attacks. These attacks are intense, overwhelming episodes of fear and anxiety that can be accompanied by physical symptoms like a racing heart and shortness of breath. Panic disorder takes a toll on a person’s quality of life, making treatment of the utmost importance. In this blog, we review what panic disorder is and offer guidance as to how to acquire proper treatment.

What is Panic Disorder?

Panic disorder is just as it sounds: a disorder characterized by intense moments of panic that can be sparked by a variety of triggers or situations. Many people who suffer from panic disorder are genetically predisposed to anxiety or have suffered from severe trauma in their lifetime. Some of the most common ways that panic disorder can manifest are:

  • Recurrent Panic Attacks: These sudden, intense waves of fear or anxiety often peak within minutes and are accompanied by physical and emotional distress. This can happen on a regular basis or intermittently. Panic attacks are extremely uncomfortable, and for those affected, it can feel life-threatening. This results in raised cortisol, fear, and even depression.
  • Anticipatory Anxiety: People with panic disorder live in fear of experiencing another attack at any given moment. This anticipatory anxiety can be just as distressing as the attacks themselves, and in some cases, worse. It can affect every aspect of their life and can keep them from doing things they once loved.
  • Agoraphobia: Some people develop agoraphobia because of panic disorder, avoiding situations or places where they believe escape might be difficult in case of a panic attack. This is commonly seen with airplanes or other forms of transport in which the person is not in control.
Traditional Approaches to Panic Disorder Treatment

Traditionally, panic disorder has been treated through a combination of psychotherapy and medication. Cognitive-behavioral therapy has shown immense success in helping individuals manage and overcome their panic attacks. Medications, like selective SSRIs or benzodiazepines, can also be prescribed to help alleviate symptoms.

New Dimensions Treatment Approach

New Dimensions offers a unique and holistic approach to treating panic disorder, one that can provide relief for those suffering.

Specialized Psychotherapy

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is often the cornerstone of treating panic disorder. CBT helps individuals understand the thought patterns and behaviors that contribute to panic attacks. Therapists work with patients to identify triggers, change negative thought patterns, and develop effective coping strategies. This type of therapy can empower individuals to take control of their panic disorder. 

Intensive Treatment Programs

The treatment programs at New Dimensions are intensive and are designed to help you develop the coping skills you need to overcome the challenges of life in the shortest amount of time possible. New Dimensions provides Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Treatment to both adolescents and adults. Our programs are Monday through Friday and last between three to six hours per day depending on the needs of the individual. 

Our treatment programs for adolescents are in the afternoons. This allows teenagers to receive intensive treatment without disrupting their school schedules. Our in-person adult programs are during the morning and afternoons and our online adult programs are in the evening.  

Medication Management

While New Dimensions prioritizes a holistic treatment approach, medication management can also play a role in managing panic disorder. The NDD facilities have experienced professionals who carefully assess a patient’s symptoms and history to determine whether medications are an appropriate part of the treatment plan. This is typically done in conjunction with therapy, making it the most effective option available.

Support and Community

Many people with panic disorder find comfort in connecting with others who share similar experiences. It allows them to feel less alone in their struggles. Support groups and community building are an integral part of New Dimensions approach. Sharing stories and coping strategies is incredibly empowering for those on the path to recovery.

Personalized Treatment Plans

Everyone’s experience with panic disorder is unique, and the treatment plan should reflect this individuality. New Dimensions offers personalized treatment plans that consider a person’s specific triggers, severity of symptoms, and response to various therapies.

Final Thoughts

Panic disorder is a crippling condition, but with the right treatment and support, you can regain control of your life. New Dimensions offers a comprehensive approach to treating panic disorder, with a focus on psychotherapy, medication management, and holistic health. If you or someone you know is struggling with panic disorder, don’t hesitate to seek professional help and explore the treatment options available at New Dimensions Treatment Center.

New Dimensions Can Help!

New Dimensions Day Treatment Programs address mental health and substance abuse issues for adolescents and adults.  To learn more about our treatment programs, visit our website at www.nddtreatment.com or contact us at 800-685-9796.  To learn more about individual, family, and couples counseling visit www.mhthrive.com.

 

Keywords: Panic disorder, Anxiety, panic, treatment for panic disorder, panic attacks

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