How to Treat Anxiety and Panic Disorder


Anxiety and panic disorder are both common mental health issues. They affect a large number of people, making it important to understand the best ways to treat them.

This blog post will discuss the symptoms, causes, and treatments for anxiety and panic disorder. It is important to note that these treatments may not work for everyone, but they can provide relief from symptoms for many people who suffer from these conditions.

What Is Anxiety?

Anxiety is the body’s natural response to stress or danger. It is our “fight or flight” mechanism that prepares us to either fight or flees from a perceived threat. When we feel anxious, our bodies produce adrenaline and cortisol which cause us to become more alert and focused on the source of the threat. This response is designed to protect us; however, if we experience prolonged or excessive levels of anxiety it can have a negative impact on our physical and mental health.

What Is Panic Disorder?

In order to understand the panic disorder, it’s important to first know the definition of a “panic attack”. A panic attack is an episode of intense fear or terror that usually lasts for several minutes and is often accompanied by physical sensations such as a pounding heart, sweating, shaking, shortness of breath, or nausea. People who suffer from the panic disorder will experience recurrent episodes of these attacks without warning or clear triggers.

Panic disorder typically develops in early adulthood but can occur at any age. Women are more likely than men to be diagnosed with this condition. Symptoms may include fear of losing control or going crazy; feeling detached from oneself; fear of dying; chest pain; difficulty breathing; numbness and tingling in the extremities; chills or hot flashes; and dizziness. These symptoms should not be taken lightly as they can have a major impact on quality of life if left untreated.

Treatment Options for Anxiety and Panic Disorder

The treatment for anxiety and panic disorder will depend on the severity of the symptoms. For mild cases of anxiety or panic attacks, lifestyle changes may be enough to alleviate symptoms.

These include getting regular exercise; eating healthy; avoiding caffeine; reducing stress; practicing relaxation techniques; getting adequate sleep; avoiding alcohol and drugs; engaging in activities that bring joy; seeking social support; talking with a therapist about any unresolved issues that might be contributing to anxiety/panic attacks; learning how to manage life’s difficulties better by using cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT); journaling thoughts and feelings related to anxiety/panic attacks; using distraction techniques when feeling anxious/panicked; and seeking counseling if needed.

In some cases where lifestyle changes are not enough or when symptoms are very severe, medications may be necessary in order to help manage symptoms associated with anxiety/panic attacks.

Commonly used medications include antidepressants (SSRIs), anti-anxiety medications (benzodiazepines), beta-blockers (to reduce physical symptoms such as rapid heartbeat), tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs), or monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs). Talk therapy has also been found to be effective in treating anxiety/panic disorders in some cases.

Therapies such as CBT may help individuals learn how to identify negative thought patterns associated with their condition so that they can change them into more positive ones that reduce anxiety/panic attacks over time.

Anxiety and panic disorders can cause significant distress but there are many treatment options available that can help reduce symptoms and improve quality of life. Cognitive behavioral therapy is one option that can help individuals identify triggers for their symptoms while also teaching coping skills for managing them more effectively.

Medications may also be prescribed if necessary while relaxation techniques like deep breathing exercises can provide relief from acute symptoms in moments of stress or worry. If you think you may have an anxiety disorder or have been experiencing frequent bouts of panic attacks it’s important to speak with your healthcare provider about your symptoms so they can recommend a course of treatment best suited for your needs.

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I am Jessica Moretti, mother of 1 boy and 2 beautiful twin angels, and live in on Burnaby Mountain in British Columbia. I started this blog to discuss issues on parenting, motherhood and to explore my own experiences as a parent. I hope to help you and inspire you through simple ideas for happier family life!


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