Regularly suffer with panic attacks? Psychiatry and CBT can help this frightening condition.

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Updated Jan 20, 2022 by Dr. Sheri Jacobson Dr Sheri Jacobson

Panic Disorder Treatment by Psychiatrists and CBT Therapists

Definition of Panic Disorder

Panic disorder is an anxiety disorder characterised by recurring and regular panic attacks. A panic attack is an unexpected episode of intense fear and associated physical symptoms. In the UK it is estimated that one out of every hundred people suffers from panic disorder, which frequently develops in the 20s age group and is twice more common in women than men.

It is natural to experience feelings of unease, anxiety and even panic. However for someone with panic disorder these feelings are incredibly intense, occur on a regular basis and can arise at any given time, usually for no obvious reason. This makes panic disorder unpredictable, which can add to the associated fear and anxiety.

Other conditions may cause severe anxiety, and may be related to panic disorder. The most common of these are: phobias, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and general anxiety disorder (GAD).

A panic attack can be an incredibly frightening experience and can lead to increased anxiety about experiencing another one in the future.

Treatment of panic disorder

There are two main forms of treatment for panic disorder: therapy and/or medication. A common type of therapy is cognitive behavioural therapy from panic disorder counsellors, although other talking therapies may also be suitable. Antidepressant medication is sometimes also used to treat panic disorder and research indicates that this is successful in over half of cases of panic disorder.

There are also several self-help techniques for panic disorder. These include: positive visualisation, learning not to fight the symptoms of a panic attack, relaxation techniques and regular exercise. These are all areas that may also be explored in depth by a therapist who will work towards symptom relief and improvement of the condition.

Help for panic disorder at Harley Therapy™, London

  • A full psychiatric assessment with a consultant psychiatrist
  • An accurate diagnosis and assessment report provided to you within 14 days, a copy of which we recommend should go to your GP
  • Prescription service available as appropriate and indicated by assessment
  • Referral for CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) as appropriate
  • Alternatively, we can offer an initial consultation with a CBT therapist without the need to see a psychiatrist.

Services offered at Harley Therapy London W1, EC2 and E14 venues: panic attack management, anxiety psychiatric treatment and psychotherapy for anxiety.

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Signs of Panic Disorder

  • Sudden high level of anxiety, with or without a known cause
  • Speeding up of heart rate
  • Shaking
  • Feeling suffocated
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Feeling dizzy or faint
  • Feeling of choking
  • A fear of dying
  • Chest pain.
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