Abnormal Psychology

Panic Disorder

Panic disorder is characterized by sudden and repeated feelings of fear or dread.  These attacks can last for several minutes, causing both emotional and physical toll on the individual.  Panic disorder is fairly common, it tends to run in families and effects women twice as often as men.  General information on Panic Disorder can be found here,

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/panic-disorder/index.shtml

It is important to be compassionate and understanding when someone you know is dealing with anxiety.  Anxiety can be extremely stressful, sometimes causing the person with anxiety to lash out.  The following article is a good description of what NOT to say to someone during a panic attack.  If you or someone you know suffers from Panic Disorder, this might be a good article to share with friends and family:

http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2010/09/07/what-not-to-say-to-someone-with-panic-disorder/

Lastly,  Panic Disorder can be treated.  It is often treated with a combination of anti-anxiety medications and talk therapy.  Some people, who want to avoid taking medications for various reasons, turn to alternative techniques to manage their anxiety.  One such technique is Yoga.  Yoga and Meditation can be extremely useful in the managing anxiety.  Yoga teaches you to focus on your breath, and focus on the moment.  The following articles explains how the anxious, stressed body responds positively to Yoga and Meditation.

http://www.yogajournal.com/for_teachers/2390/

The best part, Yoga is practically free!  You can find many wonderful yoga videos on YouTube.  This one in particular shows how to use Yoga to stop a Panic Attack

What are your thoughts on Panic Disorder?  Feel free to share in the comments below!

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