What Is Teen Panic Disorder Treatment?
Teen Panic Disorder treatment is a condition in which a person consistently suffers from sudden, severe onsets of worry or extreme fear, commonly known as “panic attacks.” This differs from other anxiety disorders in that the episodes are more intense and short-lived, with an identifiable beginning and end.
What It Looks Like
Some of the symptoms of Teen Panic Disorder include:
- Shortness of breath
- Rapid heart rate
- Extreme and sudden overwhelming worry and fear
- Stomach pains
- Fear of losing one’s mind
- Fear of losing control of oneself
- Fear of death
There isn’t one answer to what causes Panic Disorder but there are several different factors known to be related.
- Hereditary causes
- Panic Disorder can arise following a traumatic experience or big life change, such as a death, divorce, move, or career change
- A person with PTSD is more vulnerable to develop a Panic Disorder
- Panic Disorder can arise following the taking of, or withdrawal from, prescription medication
- A person already suffering from another form of Anxiety Disorder can be especially vulnerable to developing a Panic Disorder, especially if the person uses stimulants, which can serve to intensify symptoms, and/or alcohol, which can increase the severity of symptoms
Teen Panic Disorder Treatment
There are several different types of non-medication treatments that can provide relief from the symptoms of, and episodes of, panic attacks.
The medications used to treat Panic Disorders are the same used for Anxiety Disorders, and can help to lessen the overall severity of the person’s anxiety, allowing a person to gradually transition away from such sudden spikes of oncoming panic.
Will I ever stop having panic attacks?
There is hope that a person can recover from Panic Disorder, or receive treatment that at least helps significantly lessen the severity and frequency of the symptoms. Sometimes, because the panic attacks are moderately infrequent, a person can put off getting treatment, thinking they won’t be able to ever stop having the attacks. However, treatment often allows a person to return to living a life with few, if any, symptoms of Panic Disorder.
Is there a way to avoid having panic attacks?
There are practices a therapist can teach you to help you become aware of an oncoming attack, and give you resources to help you respond in different, more controlled ways, when in situations that tend to “trigger” them.