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Panic Disorder And Its Treatment In Pakistan: Q&a With Dr. Aneel Shafi

Dr. Aneel Shafi

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A panic attack is a sudden episode of intense fear that triggers severe physical reactions when there is no real danger or apparent cause. Panic disorder is characterized by having recurrent and unexpected panic attacks that could be really frightening.

Watch Dr. Aneel Shafi discuss the symptoms to look out for when having a panic attack and some tested panic disorder treatment methods. Dr. Aneel is a leading psychiatrist practicing at Iqra Medical Complex who treats a wide range of psychological concerns including; bipolar disorder, anxiety, and clinical depression.

Q.1. What is a panic disorder?

Basically, a panic disorder is an abrupt episode of extreme discomfort and fear that reaches a peak within minutes and has extreme physical reactions. The state of a panic attack may only last for a few minutes but the state can be so intense that the person may even feel like they are dying. 

Its symptoms include; palpitations, sweating, accelerated heart rate, trembling, shortness of breath, shaking and feeling of smothering.

Q.2. What causes panic disorder?

Yes, the next thing that I would like to discuss is why panic disorder happens. Well, the root of the panic disorder is fear. That fear is part of our defense mechanism and can be triggered by a number of reactions. Everyone feels fear and it is important to feel it protect oneself and stay alive. However, in panic disorder, certain chemical changes in the brain make the fear receptors extremely sensitive triggering intense reactions. 

However, the good news is that, even though you might “feel” extremely unsafe, fearful, or unsafe, in reality, you are safe and safe and sound.

Q.3. Is panic disorder dangerous?

I do receive a lot of patients with panic disorders and they often ask me how dangerous is panic disorder. So, first I would like to reassure that panic disorder is not dangerous. Despite its crippling terror, a panic disorder is only a mutated and over-exaggerated version of our natural defense mechanism.

You and your body are not in any danger even if it feels like you may be having a heart attack or dying.

Q.4. What are some treatment options for panic disorder?

Well, there are two options for panic disorder treatment. The first order of treatment is done by medication. Medications calm down the intense chemical changes in the brain, making it more balanced.

The second treatment option is through psychotherapy. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of therapy used to treat panic disorder. By opting for CBT, we treat those behavior patterns, thoughts, and reactions that lead to a panic attack.

Similarly, some relaxation techniques and breathing exercises are also taught to the patient to help them cope.

I would also like to say that psychotherapy is just as effective in treating the panic disorder as medication. Normally, a combination of both is required to recover completely. Fortunately, almost 90%, with the right treatment, recuperate from panic disorder.

If you want to learn more about panic disorder treatment of if you have any mental health concerns, consult a psychiatrist or a mental health professional immediately.

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Disclaimer: The contents of this article are intended to raise awareness about common health issues and should not be viewed as sound medical advice for your specific condition. You should always consult with a licensed medical practitioner prior to following any suggestions outlined in this article or adopting any treatment protocol based on the contents of this article.

Dr. Aneel Shafi
Dr. Aneel Shafi - Author Dr. Aneel Shafi is a Psychiatrist practicing in Lahore. He has MBBS and FCPS (Psychiatry) degrees and been helping patients deal with mental health issues for over 7 years. You can book an appointment with Dr. Aneel Shafi through oladoc.com. Dr. Aneel Shafi loves to write on healthcare to raise awareness about general healthcare issues in Pakistan and advise patients on healthy living.

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