At Catalyst Therapy & Training Centre, we understand just how difficult panic disorder can be. Our team of qualified therapists aim to help you overcome recurring and regular panic attacks that seem to happen for no reason.
Whilst everyone experiences panic and anxiety at various points in their life, some people suffer with feelings of stress, anxiety and panic on a regular basis or at any time.
What are the symptoms of panic disorder?
For sufferers of panic disorder, the symptoms that accompany a panic attack can be extremely frightening or distressing. Often they’ll appear without any reason and suddenly occur. Symptoms of panic attacks include (but aren’t limited to):
- Heart palpitations
- Chest pain
- A feeling of dread
It’s unlikely that you’ll suffer from every symptom of a panic attack, but if you think you suffer from any combination of the above, you should definitely consider seeking help.
Causes of panic disorder
In a similar way to many other mental health conditions, it isn’t fully understood what exactly causes panic disorder. Despite this, it’s generally considered that panic disorder is caused by a combination of different psychological and physical reasons:
- Traumatic life experiences- traumatic experiences such as bereavement can act as a trigger to cause feelings of panic and anxiety. This can either be soon after the event or happen suddenly many years later.
- Catastrophic thinking- By focusing on minor physical symptoms, people who experience panic attacks can interpret them in a catastrophic way, thus causing a nervous system response and causing a panic attack.
- Genetics- If you have a close family member who suffers from panic disorder, it’s thought to increase your own risk of developing it.
- Neurotransmitter imbalance- An imbalance of neurotransmitters, naturally occurring chemicals in the brain, may increase your chance of developing mental health conditions, including panic disorder.
- Increased carbon dioxide sensitivity- Panic disorder is thought, by some experts, to be linked to an increased sensitivity to carbon dioxide. It’s believed that breathing in air with high levels of carbon dioxide can cause panic attacks.
Catalyst Therapy & Training Centre are here to help you overcome not only the symptoms of panic disorder but the causes, helping you to concentrate on the important parts of your life once more.
To find an end to your panic attacks, call us today on 01708 781 927 or email email@example.com.