By Yuval Harpaz
Steve (not his real name) is a vocalist in a duo with his brother. Steve is okay most of the time while performing. But on occasion Steve feel as though he is on the edge of a panic attack for no apparent reason. Although the audience isn’t aggressive, Steve acknowledges that he wishes to escape the setting – even from his brother.
Steve is a victim of Panic Disorder, a condition that impacts 96 in every 100,000 Americans today. Statistics like these don’t sound threatening, but it is rapidly accelerating, from less than 10 in every 100,000 in a special report done in 1996.
A variety of causes have been reported for the condition, from hereditary inheritance to behavioral patterns including separation anxiety learned from a very early age.
For sufferers, Panic Disorder can be debilitating. Even the most mundane daily tasks can, without warning or reason, induce a panic attack that renders the individual physically incapable of doing anything but sit down, shaking and hyperventilating until the attack passes. Attacks can be as short as 15 – 30 seconds or as long as 15 minutes.
Most diagnosed sufferers learn to recognize the early symptoms of an attack, and can often reduce the severity with drugs. Some antidepressants suppress the worst symptoms of attacks rapidly, although sufferers also have to maintain an awareness of the danger of dependency on such drugs.
Though debates still split the health society, Benzodiazepines have also been prescribed for treatment of Panic Disorder. Some experts believe that benzodiazepines are ineffective in taking care for long term sufferers. For some sufferers, SSRI drugs can also be used to reduce symptoms of Panic Disorder and in some cases they even completely restrain its effects.
Undiagnosed sufferers fight the effects of Panic Disorder often without any real idea of what it is, or in some cases that it is even treatable. Later sufferers face other problems; studies suggest menopausal women are at elevated risk of heart attack by almost 300%. Elderly men and women risk Benzodiazepine reacting with analgesic medications to also increase the chance of fatal heart attack.
In certain cases, medicines are not needed to alleviate this disorder. There is a mental health therapy called cognitive restructuring which can often cut back or completely obliterate this condition without the need of medicines. Whether or not drugs are necessary, the primary step in intervention is to admit that you have the condition, and this can be challenging when there is fear of being viewed as mentally unstable.
The key to treating and potentially overcoming Panic Disorder is not to suffer in silence. Treatments are available, and people suspecting they are sufferers should discuss the matter with a trained professional.
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