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Panic Disorder Treatment

Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder that causes panic attacks. A panic attack brings on feelings of intense fear or discomfort that occur without warning. Panic attacks also cause physical symptoms, such as chest pain, rapid heart rate, and shortness of breath. While they usually only last a few minutes, panic attacks can be terrifying—even causing some people to seek out emergency medical help for a perceived heart attack.

Some people with panic disorder live in fear of another attack and may avoid places where they have had one or situations that may be triggering for them to occur.  People who experience frequent panic attacks may choose substances as a way to cope with the fear of having another panic attack or suppress their feelings in order to not experience overwhelming anxiety.

Understanding Signs of Panic Disorders

Panic attacks produce intense anxiety that comes on suddenly and without warning. Most attacks last for 5-20 minutes, but in extreme cases, symptoms may linger for an hour. Every person with the disorder experiences panic attacks differently, but here are the common symptoms:

  • Racing heartbeat or palpitations
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain or tightness
  • Fear you might die
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Shaking or trembling
  • Feelings of derealization (feeling of unreality) or depersonalization (feeling “out of body”)
  • Sweating or chills

The steps towards change

Panic Disorder Treatment at CHRC

Canadian Health Recovery Centre provides comprehensive care for people struggling with addiction and mental health disorders, including panic disorder. CHRC is a private drug and alcohol rehab facility set on 14 wooded acres in Peterborough, Ontario—an ideal setting for recovery. 

Our interdisciplinary team of clinicians, psychotherapists, addiction counsellors, thoughtfully create treatment plans based on each client’s unique needs. We take a holistic approach to treatment to support healing.  

Learn more about our panic disorder treatment, our inpatient residential treatment program, our staff, and our approach. Panic disorder can be debilitating, but it is treatable. Contact us for help today.

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