What is Panic Disorder? 

What is Panic Disorder? 

If you suffer from intense anxiety which gives you palpitations, shortness of breath, and dizziness, then you’re experiencing the symptoms of panic disorder. Visit the best Mental Health Clinic in East New York or log on to www.doralhw.org. 

Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder that occurs when you experience at least two panic attacks and fear or worry about having another in your daily life. 6 million adult Americans have been diagnosed with panic disorder and 1 out of 10 adults experience panic attacks each year. This starts between the ages of 15 to 25. While it is found only in 3% of adults and more commonly in women than men. While the symptoms of panic disorder can be frightening and overwhelming, they can easily be managed with treatment.  


What exactly causes the panic disorder is still unknown. But it is believed that it is caused by genetics, major or significant lifestyle change, or anxiety. Panic attacks are usually associated with anxiety, depression, substance abuse, depression, and suicidal risk.  


A panic attack can come suddenly at any time with a strong feeling of fear. It can reach its peak within minutes. A panic attack can last anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes. Everyone’s experience is different so the symptoms can vary.  

The common symptoms of a panic attack are: 

  • Shortness of breath 
  • Sweating or having chills 
  • Sense fear 
  • Cramps in the belly 
  • Dizziness 
  • Nausea  
  • Trembling 
  • Chest pain or tightness 
  • Feel like choking  
  • Lightheadedness 
  • Numbness and tingling in your face, hands, and feet 
  • Fear that you might die.  
  • Changes in a mental state feel like derealization or depersonalization.  

 If you notice more than 4 symptoms you should visit the doctor or psychiatrist right away, while these attacks are not dangerous but can get worse without treatment.  


To manage the symptoms of a panic attack, medications or psychotherapy are used or their combination. Treatment focuses on reducing or eliminating the symptoms.  

Medications like SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors), SNRIs (Sero Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors), and MAOIs (monoamine oxidase inhibitors), are classes of antidepressants that can reduce your symptoms of a panic attack and their severity. Psychotherapy like Cognitive behavioral therapy, exposure therapy, and Panic-focused psychodynamic therapy (PFPP). These therapies teach you new ways of thinking and coping with your panic attacks, learn about your triggers, and the methods of relaxation strategies to manage your stress, anxiety, or depression.  

Other than that, changing your lifestyle can help you cope with your symptoms better. Such changes are: –  

  • Exercise regularly. 
  • Take proper sleep for at least 7 to 8 hours.  
  • Maintain a healthy diet.  
  • Drink alcohol and caffeine in moderation.  
  • Practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, yoga, mindfulness meditation, etc.  

Panic disorder can be a terrifying condition because it gives constant fear of recurring panic attacks. While there is no cure available but with the help of treatment, you can easily manage your symptoms and prevent their triggers with the use of coping techniques.  

Looking for a Mental health clinic for treatment? Doral Health and Wellness has the best Doctors and Psychiatrists that specialize in Behavioral health make accurate diagnoses, and craft tailored treatment programs. Visit us at 1797 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11212.  

In order to schedule a consultation with the best Mental health Clinic in East New York, please visit www.doralhw.org.  

Call us at 1-347-384-5690 to schedule a consultation.

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