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Panic Disorder Treatment

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Atlanta Integrative Psychiatry provides comprehensive panic disorder treatment & therapy, including complex cases. Our caring and supportive team works with our clients to develop personalized treatment and care plans to fit their specific and unique needs. Don’t let panic disorder control your life by learning how to manage this condition for a more fulfilling life.

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What Is Panic Disorder?

Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder that features recurrent and unexpected panic attacks. The panic attacks occur suddenly with intense fear or panic that will peak within a few minutes. It is usually accompanied by a variety of different physical symptoms.


Individuals with panic disorder often live in fear of having a panic attack at the most inopportune time or location. Therefore, they will also usually avoid places, situations, and social activities when they believe an attack could occur.

Signs and Symptoms of Panic Disorder

The signs and symptoms of panic disorders include:


  • Trouble breathing
  • Elevated heart rate and blood pressure
  • Tightness of the chest
  • Heart palpitations
  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Feelings of a loss of control


In addition to these signs and symptoms, some people may experience an overwhelming sense of dread and anxiety right before having a panic attack that can also continue during the attack. 

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    Types of Therapy for Panic Disorder in Atlanta

    At Atlanta Integrative Psychiatry, we offer personalized panic disorder treatment & therapy customized to each individual’s needs. The intensity and duration of treatment will vary based on the severity and frequency of the attacks. The types of therapy we use to treat panic disorder in Atlanta are:

    • CBT: CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) helps individuals identify and change negative thought patterns and behaviors contributing to their panic attacks. It also helps them develop coping strategies and relaxation techniques. 

    • PFPP: PFPP (panic-focused psychodynamic psychotherapy) is specifically designed to treat panic disorders. It combines cognitive-behavioral techniques with psychodynamic principles to address underlying emotional issues that could be triggering panic attacks. 

    • TMS Therapy:v TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) therapy is a non-invasive procedure that uses magnetic waves to stimulate the cells in the brain, which help regulate mood and promote relaxation. Many people with panic disorders respond well to TMS as part of their personalized care plan. 

    • Ketamine Therapy: Ketamine therapy uses low doses of ketamine to help treat various mental health disorders, such as depression, anxiety, and panic attacks. 

    • Psychotherapy: Various forms of psychotherapy can be used to help treat panic disorder based on the individual's needs. 

    • Medication-Assisted Treatment: Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is used alongside other therapies to help manage panic disorder symptoms. 
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    Determining whether you need panic disorder treatment & therapy will depend on the extent and severity of the symptoms you are experiencing. If your symptoms are significantly interfering with your daily routines and life, treatment and therapy are highly recommended. Other signs you could benefit from panic disorder treatment and therapy include:


    • You have recurrent panic attacks frequently that come on without any apparent trigger or reason.
    • You find yourself avoiding places, people, and situations out of fear of having a panic attack.
    • The physical symptoms you experience with panic attacks are worsening in intensity and severity when you have a panic attack. 
    • You constantly worry and are fearful about having another panic attack to the point it is affecting your mental well-being and ability to focus and concentrate on other tasks and responsibilities.
    • Your symptoms are starting to affect your relationships, work performance, and overall quality of life. 
    • You are unsure how to manage your symptoms and panic attacks on your own or are attempting to cope using illicit drugs or alcohol. 
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    Types of Panic Attacks

    This type of panic attack occurs without a specific trigger and can happen at any time. They can be intense and often peak rapidly while causing overwhelming fear and discomfort.

    This type of panic attack is also called a situational panic attack. It occurs when exposed to something triggering, such as a fear of crowds or a fear of heights. 

    This type of panic attack occurs when our brain believes we are in danger. It is related to our natural flight or fight response. For people having this type of panic attack, it is more intense than a normal flight or fight response. Their heart can be racing, they can have shortness of breath, experience chest pain, and believe they are having a heart attack.

    This type of panic attack occurs while sleeping. It wakes the person up from sleep. People experiencing nocturnal panic attacks can become afraid to sleep, sleep deprived, and more prone to panic attacks when they sleep from a lack of sleep.

    Medications Used in Panic Disorder Treatment

    Various types of mental health medications have been approved by the FDA for panic disorder treatment, including:

    • SSRIs: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are antidepressants that increase serotonin levels to help improve mood and reduce anxiety. They include Zoloft, Prozac, and Paxil. 
    • SNRIs: Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) increase both serotonin and norepinephrine levels in the brain to regulate mood and alleviate anxiety. Common brand names of SNRIs are Effexor and Cymbalta. 
    • Beta-blockers: Beta-blockers help control physical symptoms and reduce their severity when panic attacks occur. They can reduce heart rate, blood pressure, and trembling. 
    • Benzodiazepines: Benzos are fast-acting anti-anxiety medications that can help provide immediate relief during a panic attack as well as reduce the severity of panic attacks. Common brand names used are Xanax and Klonopin.

    Begin Panic Disorder Treatment & Therapy in Atlanta Today

    Are you ready to take the first step toward gaining control over your panic disorder and reclaiming control? Start your journey toward healing and recovery at Atlanta Integrative Psychiatry. Our caring and compassionate team offers comprehensive and personalized treatment plans tailored to your unique needs. Contact us today to start your path to a brighter tomorrow with improved mental health and well-being.

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