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What is Panic Disorder and How is it Treated?

Panic disorder is an anxiety disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. It is characterized by recurrent and unexpected panic attacks. Without treatment, panic disorder can significantly reduce quality of life. CBT for panic disorder is a highly effective treatment.

What is a Panic Attack?

Panic attacks are sudden episodes of intense fear or discomfort that often peak within minutes. The physical sensations feel so frightening that one may believe they are having a heart attack or “going crazy.”

Common Symptoms of Panic Disorder

CBT for Panic Disorder

CBT for panic disorder is highly effective, with a success rate of 70-90%.

It focuses on:

  • Changing negative patterns of thinking and behavior that maintain anxiety
  • Gradual exposure to physical sensations associated with panic attacks
  • Learning to respond differently to panic symptoms

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) can complement CBT by helping individuals make room for uncomfortable physical sensations and thoughts. Dropping the struggle against anxiety helps reduce its power over us and break the cycle of panic disorder.

With effective treatment, you can learn to manage your symptoms and live a fulfilling life. Contact us today to find out more about therapy for panic disorder at Anxiety Care NY.

Learn more about panic disorder on the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies website

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