Panic Disorder involves a fear of having panic attacks after having a number of them without warning. People with Panic Disorder are often afraid of “losing control” or “going crazy.” They also may change parts of their lives in order to avoid experiencing panic. For instance, they might avoid going to certain places. These changes made to decrease anxiety disrupt the lives of those with this condition. In fact, by the time people present to therapy, the lives of those with Panic Disorder have often become very small because of avoidance.
THERAPY FOR PANIC DISORDER
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an effective treatment for Panic Disorder. To start, CBT focuses on teaching people about their panic. Next, individual’s learn to notice flawed thinking patterns in order that they can assess their thoughts. In doing so, people get distance from their thoughts and learn how to respond to them in a healthy manner.
Behavior Therapy for Panic Disorder involves Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). In ERP, people learn to slowly face their fears. If they avoid the hair salon because they felt panic the last time they were there, they might go to the hair salon on purpose. If they avoid exercise because it causes feelings similar to panic, they might go for a jog. These exposures are taken at a gradual pace that is decided by each individual.
The goal is for people with Panic Disorder to learn to get better at feeling panic. Once they can handle the presence of this feeling, they can do the things that matter most to them. By learning how to feel panic, people get their lives back.
Mindfulness can also be a helpful adjunct to treatment for Panic Disorder. This involves being able to notice thoughts and feelings in the present moment without judgment. In doing so, people are better able to accept the presence of thoughts and feelings and allow them to come and go naturally. Again, when people accept thoughts and feelings, they are no longer slaves to these experiences. Thus mindfulness can help people with Panic Disorder to reclaim their lives.
INTERESTED IN TREATMENT FOR PANIC DISORDER?
Are you or a loved one struggling with recurring panic attacks and looking for help? Lauren uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to support those with Panic Disorder. You can learn more about the treatments and services she provides here.
Lauren is a licensed psychotherapist in
several states. Learn more about where
Lauren sees Clients, below.
When she is doing work face to face, Lauren does in-person therapy in Newport Beach. She also provides online treatment for Panic Disorder throughout California. Her Clients span from San Francisco down to Southern Orange County and San Diego.
Lauren provides therapy for Panic Disorder in the state of Utah. Since she provides online treatment, she works with people who live in different areas of the Beehive State – from Salt Lake City and its suburbs, like West Jordan, Syracuse, Highland and Riverton, to Park City and St. George.
Lauren also offers treatment for Panic Disorder online in Florida, and sees people from all corners of the Sunshine state. Whether you’re from Naples, Orlando, Miami, or Boca Raton, Lauren can provide specialized counseling remotely in your area.
Lauren also practices teletherapy in Arizona. If you’re seeking help in Phoenix, Sedona, Scottsdale or Tucson, Lauren offers specialized treatment for Panic Disorder online across the Grand Canyon State.
In addition to all of the locations previously listed, Lauren offers teletherapy for Panic Disorder to a number of countries internationally.
Online therapy isn’t right for everyone. An assessment must be done to determine if online therapy is appropriate for your needs. You can reach out here to learn more.
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Disclaimer: The information contained on this website is intended for informational and education purposes only and is not meant to be a replacement for therapy. If you are interested in treatment, you can email me and I will happily provide you with more information