There are several life events and co-existing medical conditions that could trigger panic disorders. These may include:
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Anxiety disorders
- Grief or sudden loss
- Chemical dependency (or withdrawal from drugs or alcohol)
- Medical conditions
- Stressful employment or driving
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Panic Disorder?
The primary symptom of panic disorder are panic attacks. A panic attack includes four or more of the following symptoms occurring together:
- Hot flashes or chills
- Feeling faint, dizzy, or lightheaded
- Fear of losing control, “going crazy”, or death
- Struggling to breath
- Shaking, trembling, or numbness
- Excessive sweating
Panic attack symptoms usually begin suddenly, without warning, and peak within 10 minutes. After that, they often subside – but in some cases, panic attacks can last much longer.
Panic attacks, however, can be unexpected or expected. Unexpected panic attacks are triggered without having any clear cause. Expected panic attacks are in response to external stressors such as fears or intense stress.
How We Can Help
At San Antonio Behavioral Healthcare Hospital, we treat a range of anxiety disorders including panic disorder through inpatient and outpatient programs. We can provide the support you need to conquer your symptoms so that you have an easier time living life day-to-day with reduced fear or worry about what may happen next.
We know that each person suffering from panic disorder has different circumstances and needs. Each needs a personal path to recovery and enjoying life again. That is why we customize each patient’s treatment program to fit their symptoms, needs, and goals.
If you or someone you love has been struggling with the symptoms of panic attacks, there is hope and relief available. Call us directly at 210-541-5300 or contact us online. We are here to help.