Panic Disorder occurs when people repeatedly experience Panic Attacks. In addition to these attacks, Panic Disorder includes:
- Unexpected Attacks.
There are many reasons that people experience panic attacks. In Panic Disorder, these attacks are unexpected and come without warning. Some describe them as “coming out of the blue.” People may be confused about why the attack happened and be unable to predict when they will occur next.
- Worry and Concern.
Those with Panic Disorder are often extremely worried about having another attack. They may be constantly fearful of another attack occurring. The consequences of these attacks also become a concern. People may, for instance, be concerned that the attacks mean they are going crazy, losing control, or having a heart attack.
- Change in Behaviour.
Since panic attacks can be so upsetting, people with Panic Disorder will change their behaviour in ways they believe will reduce the likelihood of having an attack. They may avoid unfamiliar situations, crowded places, or even leaving their homes. These behaviour changes often interfere with people’s ability to go about their daily lives.
Together, these symptoms can cause significant distress and negatively affect people’s ability to function effectively.
If you or someone you know has some or all of these symptoms, it may be due to Panic Disorder. Psychologists at EBT3 are trained in using psychological assessment tools to find out whether this is the case. They are also experienced in treating Panic Disorder and the related symptoms using approaches that have been proven to work, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
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