The LodeStone Center for Behavioral Health provides a variety of types of therapy for treating Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder. All of our current clinicians provide this treatment with each focusing on different ages. It is our goal to match you with a therapist that will best fit your needs and provide you with the best care possible. If you would like more information, or would like to request a first visit with a therapist, you can either fill out the contact form on this page and we will get in touch with you or you can also call us directly at (847) 802-4058.
What is Panic Disorder?
Panic Disorder, which is characterized by recurrent panic attack or episodes of sudden intense fear which trigger serious physical reactions without an identifiable cause or threat. Panic attacks can be scary and lead to symptoms including thinking you have lost control, having heart problems, or maybe even thinking you are dying.
Signs or Symptoms of Panic Disorder
- Sudden intense and recurring fear
- Fear of losing control during a Panic Attack
- Avoiding places where previous attacks have taken place
- Sweating, chest pain, tingling hands, dizziness or weakness
- Pounding or racing heart
Many people have had the experience of a panic attack, but these attacks do not last long, and most people return to normal functioning after the situation has passed. The difference between having one isolated panic attack and Panic Disorder, is that following an isolated panic attack the person returns to normal functioning after the triggering situation has passed. With Panic Disorder a person can become fatigued after the attack, and has continued fears of having additional attacks which can lead to agoraphobia or the fear of open spaces, and other complications. Other avoidant behaviors can also develop in response to recurrent panic attacks.
Treatment of Panic Disorder
The most common combination of treatment options for Panic Disorder is Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and medication. CBT helps address some of the intense thought patterns that develop, while teaching the skills necessary to break the associations between the fight-or-flight reflex and one’s environment. Medication can further help reduce the sensitivity of the physical response involved.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding therapy for panic attacks or panic disorder, please don’t hesitate to call and speak with one of our therapists. We are happy to answer questions, help look into your insurance benefits or explain how counseling might be beneficial to you. If you have questions, and would like to speak to one of our mental health professionals, contact us today.