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Panic Disorder

Carolina Wellness Psychiatry, PLLC

Psychiatrists serving Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Panic disorder is marked by recurrent panic attacks, which are episodes of intense fear accompanied by physical symptoms, and intense worry about when the next panic attack will occur. At Carolina Wellness Psychiatry, PLLC, Elizabeth Bullard, MD, and Allison Foroobar, MD, have extensive experience in the treatment of panic disorder. Call the office in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, if you need immediate help with panic disorder or schedule an appointment online.

Panic Disorder Q & A

What is panic disorder?

Panic disorder is an intense and severe type of anxiety disorder that is marked by repeated panic attacks. Patients with panic disorder worry about having another panic attack and actively try to prevent attacks by avoiding situations or behaviors that are associated with panic attacks.  This worry and the effort spent trying to avoid attacks can cause significant disruption in performing work and enjoying life.

What symptoms develop during a panic attack?

A panic attack is a sudden surge of intense fear without an immediate danger. Panic attacks occur randomly and unexpectedly, reaching their peak intensity within minutes.

Physical symptoms of panic disorder may include.

  • Heart palpitations
  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Nausea or abdominal pain
  • Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
  • Visual disturbance
  • Tingling and numbness
  • Feelings of impending doom

How do you treat panic disorder?

Once medical causes are ruled out, panic disorders are generally treated with psychotherapy, medication, or both.  Your physician will complete a comprehensive assessment of your symptoms and develop an individualized care plan.  

Your treatment may include one of several types of therapy that help you identify your fears and learn ways to manage panic attacks.  Your physician may also prescribe medication to relieve the symptoms caused by panic disorder. 

You can overcome panic disorder with help from Carolina Wellness Psychiatry, PLLC. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.