Panic Attack Treatments at Wellness Psychiatry
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If you or someone you know suffers from panic attacks or panic disorder, Wellness Psychiatry is here to help. Our qualified medical staff and therapists are dedicated to assisting you in regaining your independence by reducing the frequency and severity of panic attacks.
Identifying the root cause of panic episodes is the first step in treating the condition. To identify whether you are suffering panic attacks, panic disorder, or any underlying issue that may mirror panic attack symptoms, our committed team will work closely with you. Our procedure of diagnosis may include:
- A thorough history of physical and mental health symptoms, diagnoses, and treatment
- Blood tests to assess thyroid function and rule out other medical conditions.
- A comprehensive psychological assessment to discuss your symptoms, fears, stressors, avoidance behaviors, and family history.
- Self-assessment questionnaires and discussions about substance use if applicable.
Panic Attack Treatment
If you want to lessen the frequency and severity of panic attacks and improve your ability to go about your regular life, it is recommended you start therapy. Depending on your unique situation, we can recommend a combination of psychotherapy and medicine. Based on your needs, preferences, medical history, and the severity of your symptoms, and we will make treatment recommendations.
Talk therapy (or psychotherapy) is commonly the first line of defense against panic episodes and panic disorder. It teaches you about panic attacks and how to deal with them. Particularly useful in treating panic disorder is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT involves a methodical, therapeutic approach to gradually confronting situations that trigger panic attacks. Your worry will subside as you gain experience with tools to manage your symptoms. Avoidance behaviors related to panic episodes can be overcome with the help of therapy as well.
It may take a few weeks or months, but you should start to feel better when your panic attacks subside. Sessions designed to maintain symptom management or treat recurrences may be indicated.
Panic Attack Medications
When used in conjunction with psychotherapy, medication can be an effective means of alleviating the distress caused by panic attacks and, in some cases, the depression they can cause. Panic episodes can be treated with several different medications:
Your doctor may suggest trying a different medicine or a combination of medications if the first one isn’t doing the trick. All medications may cause unwanted side effects, so it’s important to talk to your doctor about the possibilities.
How to Stop a Panic Attack
Managing and preventing panic attacks can feel impossible, but there are ways to cope with their intensity. Here are 12 strategies that have the potential to be helpful right now and in the future:
Symptoms of a Panic Attack
Intense feelings of fear or worry can strike suddenly and cause a variety of physical and mental symptoms known collectively as a panic attack. Examples of such symptoms could be:
- Heart palpitations or racing heart
- Shaking or trembling
- Chest pain or difficulty breathing
- Discomfort or pain in the chest
- Discomfort or sickness in the stomach
- Lightheadedness or dizziness
- Feverish tingling or numbness
- Perceptions of disconnection from one’s physical environment
- Concern about losing control
- Fear of death
Even though it’s not always practicable, you can lessen the likelihood of having a panic attack by doing the following:
- Doing breathing exercises every day
- Exercising on a regular basis
- Eating healthily and keeping blood sugar levels steady
- Reducing Intake of Caffeine, Tobacco, and Alcohol
- Getting help from a counsellor or other experts
- Getting involved with nearby support groups
Get help from a psychiatric nurse practitioner or psychiatrist if panic attacks are interfering with your everyday life, career, or personal relationships. Wellness Psychiatry is here to help you conquer your panic attacks and take back control of your life.
Providers Who Work With This Condition
Amanda provides care in our Lakewood office and virtually. She accepts Aetna, UHC, Cigna, and BCBS. Amanda is a Board Certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP). She received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota before going on to become a Registered Nurse and PMHNP. She has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric patients.
Darby provides psychotherapy appointments in our Lakewood office and virtually. She accepts Aetna and UHC. Darby is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. She uses multiple treatment approaches including CBT, DBT, Mindfulness Based and Solution Focused Therapy.
Ellen provides care in our Lakewood office and virtually. She accepts Aetna, UHC, Cigna, and BCBS. Ellen is a Board Certified psychiatric mental health purse Practitioner. She has her Doctorate in Nursing Practice. She joined Wellness Psychiatry in November 2022 with the goal of providing compassionate, evidence-based care to a wide variety of patients.
Jordan provides care in our Lakewood office and virtually. Jordan’s passion lies in caring for individuals throughout all stages of life, with a distinctive focus on pregnant and postpartum women, those facing the challenges of infertility or perinatal loss, and individuals dealing with premenstrual or perimenopausal mood changes. Additionally, she finds great fulfillment in supporting assigned female at birth adolescents who are navigating the complexities of mood fluctuations, grappling with academic performance challenges, or experiencing a combination of both.
Kenzie provides psychotherapy appointments in our Lakewood office and virtually. She accepts UHC and Aetna. Kenzie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Her practice involves the modalities and foundations of EMDR, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Poly-Vagal Theory, Systems Theory, Psychodynamic Theory, Empowerment Perspective, and the mind-body connection.
Laura provides care in our Winter Park office and virtually. She accepts Aetna, UHC, Cigna, BCBS, and the Grand County ACHES AND PAINS vouchers. Laura is Board Certified Family nurse practitioner. She returned to school to further her education and skills in psychiatric care thus working towards her psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.