Panic is defined as an overwhelming sense of fear, where both body and mind become alert, over-sensitive and under the scrutiny of pressure.

Now imagine this feeling on a consistent basis, where no amount of self-control can distort panic. This is the realism of living with a panic disorder, deviating significantly from general anxiety or fear.

For some individuals, such a sense of panic can be controlled through breathing exercises, relaxation techniques and personal coping strategies.

However, where panic has materialised down to a deeper reason, suppression can be challenging, where panic disorder treatment is encouraged.

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Panic can showcase itself in different ways, from psychological irritation and irrational outlooks to physical feelings of pressure and stress, the greatest concern of such disorder is the health complications of ongoing panic. Panic attacks, the use of illicit drugs, further mental health issues, and cardiovascular strains are all common.

At Nova Recovery Scotland, we do not share this to scare you, but to show the requirement of panic disorder treatment via professional services.

A range of tools, lifestyle changes, treatment services and new perspectives can help stabilise panic. Reach this point by understanding your reactions, triggers and how to manage them for the long term.

Insight into panic disorder

Experiencing panic is normal. One may feel panicked when faced with stress, anxiety, or an emergency. It’s understandable to experience panic as a response to negative, unpredictable or challenging situations.

However, for those who suffer from panic disorder, such a response is known to be consistent, uncontrollable, and known to preserve even through coping strategies.

Panic disorder is therefore unpredictable, life-limiting for that reason, and is an ongoing struggle without professional intervention.

Many individuals believe that panic can be controlled independently. It’s viewed similarly to depression and anxiety, where living a healthy lifestyle and embracing common coping strategies is seen as an escape.

However, panic is much deeper than this, for many attached to trauma, genetic vulnerabilities and pre-existing mental health issues, intervention, understanding and management are key.

As panic attacks, standing as the most common symptom are viewed as harmless, as a disorder, such impacts are also viewed through rose-tinted glasses. However, panic can materialise into further health and behavioural problems or substance abuse, promoting the need for panic disorder treatment.

Panic disorder symptoms

Symptoms of panic are very similar to those of anxiety disorders, down to how both the body and brain react to such pressures. However, there are a few which are more prominent throughout the trigger of panic attacks and crises.

While such symptoms can be for the short-term, those with a chronic diagnosis can experience some for the long-term, where the experience of a panic attack is known to prolong such feelings, which can then heighten the risk of a further attack.

It’s easy to see how ongoing symptoms of panic can develop into a vicious cycle, which if maintained, can soon become challenging to break.

Common symptoms of panic disorder include:

  • Heightened senses
  • Dizziness
  • Irritability
  • Chest pain
  • Heightened heart rate and blood pressure
  • Feelings of fear
  • Panic attacks
  • Digestive issues
  • Insomnia

While some of the above resemble further issues and can be controlled, others cannot, in conjunction with the disruption of ongoing panic, requiring the need for anxiety help. We offer dual diagnosis treatment for people with co-occurring drug or alcohol addiction and anxiety at Nova Recovery.

Causes of panic disorders

Similar to other mental health issues, the cause of panic disorder is personal and commonly linked to underlying sensitivities. Trauma, distress, heightened stress and pressure, ill health, and cognitive vulnerabilities can all trigger the brain to remain in alertness, causing irritability and a sense of panic.

Environment, genetics, and family history of mental health issues are also leading causes of panic disorder, posing as uncontrollable stimuli.

As panic disorders materialise from deeper triggers, it is important to gain a greater understanding of your personal cause, providing insight into ongoing treatment and maintenance.

Instead of this approach, standard coping strategies may be followed which may not offer full respite from symptoms of panic.

The aim of panic disorder treatment will be to ease your symptoms, reduce the ongoing fear of panic and its unpredictable effects, and also reduce the need for unhealthy coping strategies.

In many cases, panic attacks themselves are manageable, yet clients will cope with substance abuse, making recovery that much harder. Instead of leaning on unhealthy habits, treatment can alleviate initial symptoms of panic, helping you maintain a quality life.

Panic disorder treatment here at Nova Recovery Scotland

Panic disorder treatment is promoted to offer perspective, provide respite from symptoms, and help clients digest fear through healthy strategies. Treatment services here at Nova Recovery will be recommended on a personal basis, depending on the characteristics and impacts of panic. At Nova Recovery we offer dual diagnosis treatment programmes for people who suffer from substance abuse and panic disorders.

Talking therapies lead the way when treating panic disorder, as they help to provide insight into the causes of panic disorders and offer coping mechanisms to cope with them.

Right now, a previous traumatic encounter may be haunting you through ongoing fear or panic. It’s understandable why. However, to lead a quality life, it’s important to understand why trauma has been experienced, overcome it, and look to lead a life controlled by positive emotions, rather than negative.

Cognitive behavioural therapy will be an appropriate treatment for panic disorder, by providing such opportunities. By considering your current responses, CBT will work to change them, by reducing the need to rely on panic. Stress management, family therapy and exposure therapy may also be required, all depending on how panic materialises for you.

Medication is sometimes prescribed to alleviate symptoms of anxiety, including irritability and depression. However, such substances will not work to heal the mind, which is necessary when considering the nature of panic.

Panic disorder treatment is important to help stop the intensity of panic before it does materialise into a secondary condition or life-limiting action. At Nova Recovery we can ensure that you complete the right treatment for your needs, to suppress the presence of panic.

Feeling panicked through justifiable reasons is normal. Yet, experiencing ongoing panic, without a clear and justified cause can be damaging.

Work with our specialist team, via our rehab recovery centre in Scotland to gain control over your panic disorder and substance abuse.

John Gillen - Author - Last updated: July 10, 2023

John has travelled extensively around the world, culminating in 19 years’ experience looking at different models. He is the European pioneer of NAD+ (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide) treatment to Europe in 2010; and recently back from the USA bringing state of the art Virtual Reality Relapse Prevention and stress reduction therapy. His passion extends to other metabolic disturbances and neurodegenerative diseases. The journey continues. In recent times, John has travelled to Russia to study and research into a new therapy photobiomudulation or systemic laser therapy working with NAD+ scientists and the very best of the medical professionals in the UK and the USA, together with Nadcell, Bionad Hospitals own select Doctors, nurses, dieticians and therapists. Johns’ passion continues to endeavour to bring to the UK and Europe new developments with NAD+ Therapy in preventive and restorative medicine and Wellness. In 2017 John Gillen was made a visiting Professor at the John Naisbitt university in Belgrade Serbia.