Find Relief from Panic Attacks with Lakeside Psychiatry

At Lakeside Psychiatry, we help people overcome panic disorder and reclaim their lives. Panic attacks, a basic symptom of this condition, can be terrifying and debilitating. If you or someone you know is struggling with panic disorder, Lakeside Psychiatry is here to provide support and effective treatment options.

What is Panic Disorder?

Panic disorder is when someone gets sudden and strong feelings of fear or discomfort that happen without warning. These feelings are called panic attacks and they come with physical symptoms such as:

  • Heart palpitations or racing heart.
  • Feeling like you're smothering.
  • Chest tightness or pain.
  • Lightheadedness
  • Sweating
  • Trembling or shaking.
  • Chills or feeling hot.
  • Tingling sensations.
  • Feeling detached from yourself or reality (derealization).

The fear of having another panic attack (anticipatory anxiety) is also common in panic disorder. This can lead to avoidance behaviors, where you start to avoid what causes your triggers.

What Causes Panic Disorder?

The exact cause of panic disorder is unknown, but several factors are believed to contribute, including:

  • Imbalances in brain chemicals like serotonin.
  • Having a family history of panic disorder or other anxiety disorders increases the risk.
  • Traumatic experiences, significant losses, or prolonged periods of stress.
  • Certain medical conditions - such as thyroid problems or heart arrhythmias, can sometimes mimic symptoms of panic attacks.

Signs and Symptoms of Panic Disorder

While the specific symptoms may vary from person to person, some common signs that someone might be experiencing panic disorder include:

  • Having constant panic attacks.
  • Excessive worry about having another panic attack.
  • Avoiding places or situations associated with past panic attacks.
  • Difficulty concentrating due to anxiety.
  • Feeling restless or on edge.
  • Being easily fatigued.
  • Difficulty sleeping (insomnia) or sleeping too much (hypersomnia).
  • Irritability
  • Feeling hopeless or helpless.

Seek Help for Panic Disorder

If you think you or someone you know might have a lot of panic attacks, it's important to visit our clinic or talk to us online. It's easier to manage panic disorders when you find out about them early. We are compassionate psychiatrists who are experienced and dedicated to providing effective treatment for panic disorder.

Additionally, you can also learn things like deep breathing and meditation on your own as it can help you feel less anxious and worried. They can also make panic attacks happen less often and be less scary.

Our Chicago Panic Disorder Treatment at Lakeside Psychiatry

At Lakeside Psychiatry, we mainly do medication management. In most cases, we prescribe medication that can control anxiety symptoms to help you experience lesser episodes and live your normal life.

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