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Panic Disorder

Panic Disorder

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

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.

Telehealth Treatment of Panic Disorder

Telehealth, or “teletherapy” is a highly effective method of accessing care that is particularly useful for people in remote work positions, those with transportation issues or for those that live a significant distance from a provider they would like to see. We know that Panic Disorders can make tasks difficult and telehealth can take some of the extra work out of the therapy process for you and make it more attainable. Telehealth also allows you to create an environment that is safe and comfortable for yourself. We encourage you to find a spot where you feel safe and have adequate privacy and to include objects of comfort. Therapy in any form is beneficial for people with Panic Disorder and telehealth is just one more option to consider, especially for busy adolescents whose schedules are hard to balance and who live on their phones and computers. Telehealth comprises approximately 60% of the care delivered by The LodeStone Center and we utilize one of the easiest to access and highest quality platforms for our telehealth calls (Zoom for Healthcare). It’s easy to use, secure and available on any computer, tablet or phone. Psychotherapy, counseling and medication management are all accessible through our telehealth option, and every provider at The LodeStone Center is available through telehealth. Our registration process is entirely online, and many services are available within a few days.

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.