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Overview of Panic Disorders

Far too many people have experienced the horrors that accompany a panic attack. That sudden wave of fear that overtakes your body, the helplessness of struggling to breath, feeling like you’re having a heart attack – or even dying. Panic attacks are very real, and can be emotionally debilitating. For many people the experience of a panic attack is a one-time occurrence, without experiencing any further episodes or complications. However, for those experiencing recurring panic attacks there is a possibility that these attacks may constitute a more serious condition known as Panic Disorder.


According to the National Institute on Mental Health, Panic Disorder is one of the most treatable of all the variations of anxiety disorders. Like most mental health and behavioral health disorders, early diagnosis and treatment is the key for success. And treatment itself can take on many forms, including that of residential or inpatient treatment, intensive outpatient rehabs (IOP) and even private therapy with trained therapists, psychologists or even psychiatrists. A word of caution however: Those seeking qualified treatment for panic disorders (and mental health issues in general), whether residential/inpatient or outpatient, will often find greater options in regions like Los Angeles and Southern California, among others, for instance, which tend to exist on the cusp of advanced mental health treatment services.

Nearly 6 million Americans are diagnosed with Panic Disorder annually, and this condition tends to be more prevalent in women than in men. Beyond the panic attack, one should seek treatment, whether residential, inpatient or outpatient, if he or she experiences frequent or unexpected panic attacks that aren’t necessarily tied to a specific situation. Unfortunately, panic attacks and similar high-anxiety type situations can often times lead individuals to avoiding certain places and/or situations which they believe to be the cause of such attacks, which can in turn drastically disrupt their day-to-day routine.

When looking at the overall scope of mental health and behavioral health illnesses, panic disorders are most closely associated to conditions like anxiety and PTSD. Residential treatment centers offering effective recovery for these conditions will, in most cases, utilize a broad scope approach that involves combinations of therapy, counseling, medication, diet/nutrition, holistic therapies, etc. Looking at it from a regional perspective however, there are definite benefits associated with locations such as California for instance, and specifically Southern California (Los Angeles, Malibu, Orange County, etc.), whereas a much broader service base exists within the scope of behavioral/mental health treatment.

Signs and Symptoms

As is the case with any illness or condition, education is often the first and most important step in the treatment process. Being familiar with the signs and symptoms of panic disorder can make the difference between lasting and effective treatment and prolonged, unnecessary suffering. Even worse, lack of education and understanding can cause one to take a wrong approach in treatment and find themselves having spent thousands and wasting critical time toward an inevitably ineffective solution.

If and when panic attacks are occurring frequently, and include any of the following symptoms, professional help may in fact become a necessity:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or upset stomach
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Chest pain or pounding heart
  • Sweating or hot flashes
  • Intense feeling of anxiousness

Symptoms of panic disorders can very greatly among individuals. For one person it may come across as almost a debilitating condition that seemingly places his or her physical wellness in complete jeopardy, while to another the symptoms may be substantially more subtle. Nonetheless, it is critical that the sufferer be aware of the dangerous physical manifestations and thus seek medical attention as quickly as possible!

Effective Treatments

For those who are suffering or who have loved ones afflicted with a panic disorder, it is important to note that panic disorder is highly treatable. According to clinical research, the most effective method for combating panic disorder is a combination of treatments ranging from psychotherapy to medication. These include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – CBT is a form of psychotherapy that is based on the idea that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors, rather than external things like people, and certain situations. CBT helps a person learn to recognize and change thought patterns that can trigger panic attacks or discomfort.
  • Medication – When deemed medically appropriate, anti-anxiety and anti-depressant medications have been known to be effective in managing Panic Disorder symptoms. Medication is often not a long-term solution for treating Panic Disorders and prescribed medications must only be taken strictly on the advisement of your physician.

The Resilience Approach to Treating Panic Disorder

At Resilience Treatment Center, our integrative and comprehensive approach to panic isorder treatment includes the utilization of evidence-based recovery approaches, while in a highly individualized, tailored and luxury setting most conducive to the client’s needs. Our experienced team of multidisciplinary clinicians will design a treatment plan specific to your underlying therapeutic needs, of which include various levels of the following:

  • Five individual psychotherapy sessions per week that include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Additionally, clients are also offered an extensive series of group therapy sessions over the course of a treatment week; These include process groups, healthy relationship groups, life skills coaching, family therapy modalities among many others.
  • The Resilience Treatment Program entails extensive psychiatric care, among an array of other clinical and ancillary support services. Weekly psychiatric evaluations and consultations will ensure that when medically necessary the appropriate medications are implemented into the comprehensive treatment approach.
  • As a core component of Resilience’s treatment philosophy, clients are exposed to a broad range of experiential therapies that seek to harness creativity, physical well-being, and socially engaging activities that all seek to build emotional resilience. Among the experiential therapy modalities offered are horticulture therapy, art therapy, creative writing therapy, individualized guided meditation, cooking and nutrition modalities, yoga and private courses at an upscale exercise facility.

Verify Your Insurance

Resilience currently works with all commercial insurances-- with the exception of Medicare and Medicaid (MediCal). Resilience is currently in-networking with the following insurance providers Blue Shield of CA, Magellan, Anthem, Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS), Health Net and MHN Networks. For plans with other insurers, Resilience accepts PPO policies and will gladly help guide you through resources available to you through your insurance.