Signs, Symptoms & Treatment

Panic Disorder & Addiction

Content Overview: Panic disorder is a mental illness commonly associated with substance abuse. Learn more about the signs of panic disorder, and how South Coast Counseling can help..

If you suffer from panic disorder, you know how awful it is to be overcome by the irrational feelings. It is a psychiatric disorder that results in debilitating fear and anxiety overtaking you without any rational or reasonable cause. If you suffer from panic disorder, it may be comforting to know that it is a very common problem. It can be especially dangerous if it comes as a part of a co-occurring disorder.

Co-Occurring Disorders We Treat

  • Anti-Social Personality Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Dependent Personality Disorder
  • Histrionic Personality Disorder
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder
  • Obessesive-Compulsive Personality Disoder
  • Bipolar Disorder (1,2, and Cyclothymic)
  • Chronic Mild Depression/ Dsythmia
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • PTSD/Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Separation Anxiety Disorder
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Trauma
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)
  • Opposistional Defiance Disorder
  • Insomnia Disorder
  • Chronic Pain Syndrome

Considered a serious condition, one out of every 75 people experiences panic disorder at one time or another. Usually, it first makes an appearance during the teen or early adult years. While the true cause of the disorder remains unclear, it is believed to be impacted by major life transitions. There is also believed to be a genetic connection to panic disorder, as those who have a family member who have suffered from the problem is more likely to experience it themselves. Panic disorder can be a co-occurring disorder that is accompanied by substance abuse. The disorders can be effectively treated together.

Most often, panic disorder is treated by a combination of behavioral and cognitive therapies. On occasion, medication may be also be needed. While therapy involves a lot of informational sessions, it is believed that simply understanding the disorder can play a major role in overcoming it. During cognitive therapy, the goal is to help the patient understand what could be triggering the attacks so their frequency can be reduced or even eliminated.

Ready to Find Recovery? Request a Callback From Someone Who’s Been There.

Here at South Coast Counseling, we are experienced in helping clients overcome panic disorder and its unpredictable attacks that can put your life at a standstill. Contact us today to learn how we can help you.

Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late.

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