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Starting Panic attack disorder therapy

What is panic attack disorder therapy?

Panic attack disorder therapy is a specialized therapeutic approach designed to help individuals suffering from recurrent and debilitating panic attacks. During therapy sessions, individuals work closely with trained Thriveworks Ashland therapists to identify and understand the triggers and thought patterns that contribute to their panic attacks. Through panic attack disorder therapy, individuals learn to manage their anxiety, develop coping strategies, and regain control over their lives, ultimately leading to a reduction in the severity of panic attacks.

How does panic attack disorder therapy work?

Panic attack disorder therapy often utilizes cognitive-behavioral techniques like exposure therapy and relaxation exercises to help individuals manage and mitigate panic attacks. These methods involve desensitizing triggers, reducing physical and emotional symptoms, and challenging irrational thought patterns to empower individuals to recognize, control, and reduce the frequency and intensity of panic attacks.

Is panic attack disorder therapy conducted in person or online?

Panic attack disorder therapy at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and through Online therapy. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does panic attack disorder therapy last?

Panic attack disorder therapy may last for a variable amount of time, depending on the individual’s unique needs.

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Panic Disorder – Therapists and Counselors in Hanover, VA

We all have moments of distress that cause us to panic. This is a common human experience and can often be triggered when we feel anxiety or fear. Sudden anxiety that lasts for several minutes that causes the heart to race, the body to sweat, or shortness of breath is described as panic. Some individuals may even think that they are having a heart attack. Panic is usually triggered by fear or anxiety, but those with panic disorder may experience these symptoms with no obvious trigger. These attacks are unpredictable and can happen frequently.

Individuals who have continuous uncontrollable bouts of panic can be diagnosed with panic disorder. Panic disorder must be treated in order to reduce the risk of health impact or other mental health disorders, as it can seriously disrupt the lives of those who suffer for its debilitating symptoms. Reach out today for help at Thriveworks Hanover.

What Is Panic Disorder?

Individuals with panic disorder have repeated unpredictable attacks of fear that can last for a short period of time or longer. They are triggered by impeding thoughts of danger of just simply experiencing fearful thoughts in the moment. The body of individuals with panic disorder often reacts and the person can feel as if their life is ending. Panic disorder can strike its sufferers at any time and most have no idea of when the attacks will occur. The thought of having another can also bring on a panic disorder episode.

Panic disorder is extremely prevalent in women and often develops in teens or young adulthood. Most who suffer from panic disorder struggle to get support because they may feel a sense of shame for being fearful over scenarios that have never happened. If left untreated, individuals with panic disorder may reduce their normal activities to avoid triggering a panic episode. Some will eliminate daily task like driving, shopping, or going to work or school.

What Causes Panic Disorder?

Panic disorder has no direct known cause, but many scientists believe the brain plays a significant role in why some individuals develop the disorder and others do not. Panic disorder can also be a generational disorder; however, some family members may have the disorder and others may not. Scientists strongly believe that the individuals who develop panic disorder have difficulty translating fear and anxiety in their brain. This misinterpretation causes the body to react in panic attacks due to its processing failure. Stress and trauma has also been known to trigger panic disorders. Individuals who have had a traumatic experience may encounter panic attacks anytime they have a trigger that signals the trauma. Left untreated the disorder can seriously hinder a victim’s healing and quality of life.

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Panic Disorder?

  • Repeated anxiety and fear that is brought on suddenly
  • Fear of impending doom or lack of control
  • Pounding or racing heart
  • Sweating
  • Chills
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness or feeling faint
  • Nausea
  • Going numb
  • Concern for future panic attacks
  • Avoiding panic attack triggers

Treatment for Panic Disorder

There is help and support for individuals who suffer from panic disorder. Medical professionals should be consulted to rule out health issues and then a mental health professional should be put in place to begin therapy to address the symptoms. Some patients may even require the help of a psychiatrist to treat the disorder with medication.

Panic disorder is generally treated with psychotherapy and can teach individuals how to handle thoughts, behaviors, and emotions that arise when they have a panic disorder. Many individuals have been able to eliminate their attacks with the help of psychotherapy techniques.

Scheduling Panic Disorder Therapy at Thriveworks Hanover

If you are suffering from panic attacks, seek help at Thriveworks Hanover. We have panic therapists who specialize in panic disorder and would love to help you. We offer evening and weekend sessions, and we accept most major insurances. In addition, most new clients can often meet with their provider within the same week as scheduling. Reach out today to get started.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Ashland therapists and counselors accept 4 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • United Healthcare | Optum

  • United Healthcare | Optum EAP

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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Ashland is located in the same building as Ashland Internal Medicine, A16 Coding Training Institute, Primis, Edward Jones Financial Advisor, H&R Block, Commonwealth Clinic, and a USPS collection box. Nearby is a Food Lion grocery store, Best Dry Cleaners, Petco, Burkes Outlet, and Virginia ABC Store. A Truist bank is also nearby, as well as Fire & Chicken, El Azteca Ashland, and Starbucks restaurants. Across N Washington Highway is a Hardee’s and Wawa. South of the location is the intersection of N Washington Highway and England Street.

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(804) 531-3165

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