Panic disorder is characterized by sudden feelings of terror for no apparent reason—also known as a panic attack. This anxiety disorder can happen anytime and anywhere. As a result, people suffering from panic disorder might try to avoid places, activities, and situations that may either trigger a panic attack or leave them unable to cope (a condition known as agoraphobia). These avoided situations may include going to parties, crowded restaurants, busy expressways, or other public areas.
Panic disorder (with or without agoraphobia) may include the following symptoms:
- Rapid heartbeat
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest or stomach pain
- Weakness or dizziness
- Feeling hot or a cold chill
- Tingling or numb hands
The OCD and Anxiety Center in Chicago uses methods such as cognitive behavioral therapy, exposure therapy, and more to help patients prevent panic attacks and overcome agoraphobia. Our hands-on approach will work with you to replace anxiety and avoidance with confidence and mental fortitude. Contact us to learn more about our treatment options for panic disorder within our practice.