Anxiety and Panic Attacks Overview
All of us have felt anxious at some point in our lives. Whether it’s right before an interview or while going onstage, anxiety is a normal response. But when this situational response becomes a constant presence in your life, anxiety becomes a crippling source of stress and tension. People who suffer from anxiety disorders have episodes accelerated heart rate, sweating, disorientation, dizziness, confusion, nervousness, palpitations, sometimes triggered by things like a stranger at the door, or having to go to a public place, or address a new crowd- it may not seem like a big task, but to people suffering from anxiety disorders, things of this magnitude can trigger panic attacks too. So what are these, and what is the treatment for anxiety and panic attacks?
Anxiety is a disorder that needs delicate management, stemming from complete understanding of the underlying issues. Any doctor can prescribe generic medications to calm a patient down, but a team of competent and comprehending psychiatrists like ours, can get to the root of the problem- and lead the patient to understanding their problem too, for the treatment of anxiety and panic attacks. Isolating the cause of the anxiety, the trigger, and guiding the patient to controlling and negating that cause, is at the heart of our multifactorial approach, both through cognitive behavioral therapy, and medication.
Anxiety and Panic Attacks Treatment
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an approach where we work with the patient to enforce their control over their anxiety. Our psychiatrists have dealt with a huge number of cases where the patients have not only managed their anxiety, but completely overcome it, through the application of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Treatment of anxiety and panic attacks through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is immensely effective, when applied by an experienced team of psychiatrists, such as our panel.
Additional approaches like meditative therapy also help. And, if the patient needs a two pronged approach, then we also prescribe suitable anti anxiety medications. Depending upon the symptoms, treatment of anxiety and panic attacks can require sedatives, anxiolytics, antidepressants, and treatment of any other disorders the patient might be silently suffering from. Because anxiety can be a symptom as often as it is a disorder. Victims of abuse, patients with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, people with severe social anxiety, all suffer the same general features in their panic attacks, but the method of approaching the treatment for all of them is different.
Not only just the treatment of anxiety and panic disorders, but the counseling each patient needs, is different too. It takes an experienced doctor to understand a patient, and only a doctor who understands a patient can treat him fully, as we strive to do. A professional yet empathetic approach is at the core the treatment of anxiety and panic disorders, and we maintain an excellent track record of patients who have been freed from both. Patients who are anxious already should not be subjected to haphazard doctors.
Our practice is located just a hundred yards from the site of the 9/11 tragedy, and we have treated a multitude of people who endured from the traumatic events of that horrible day, who came away alive, but suffered PTSD from the events. Behavioral therapy and talking therapy are common tools, but we employ innovative practices for the benefit of the patients, with EMDR intervention, and even group therapy, so that patients find solidarity and support in a reassuring atmosphere, from where they can analyze and discuss their problems without self consciousness, at peace.
While anxiety and panic attacks are both completely curable, the right set of psychiatrists makes the difference in improving their quality of life, and we strive to do just that.