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Extreme nervousness is common. The symptoms – including shortness of breath, sweaty palms and feeling hot and/or cold – are likely familiar to anyone who ever went on a first date, had to speak in a debate for the first time or experienced any one of the many trials of the teen years.

Panic attack, the main and best-known symptom of a panic disorder, is not mere nervousness. A panic attack includes intense feelings of fear, losing control, and a disconnect with reality. People in a panic attack feel their heart hammering in their chest, experience intense fear, and may be completely immobilized. Worse, these attacks often come out of nowhere.

Panic attacks are not only unpleasant, they cause major disruptions to schoolwork and ordinary teen life. A teen with a panic disorder may start to feel constantly anxious, be afraid to leave home or begin to look towards alcohol and drugs for relief…which only adds to their anxiety. ADEONA Healthcare of Rancho San Diego understands the struggle a teen with panic disorder goes through. Therefore, we offer expert panic disorder treatment for adolescents aged 12 to 17 at our residential treatment center for panic disorders.

Panic disorder is common – the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) estimates 6 million Americans to be affected by the disorder every year, with women being twice as likely to experience the disorder as men. The disorder often co-occurs with depression.

The main symptom of a panic disorder is having panic attacks – periods of intense fear and anxiety that last for several minutes. Some patients also experience intense physical sensations during panic attacks. In fact, panic attacks are so unpleasant that most patients with a panic disorder begin to have anxiety about experiencing another attack. Often, these attacks occur at any time regardless of the surroundings or situations.

The psychological effect of a panic disorder is strong. Teens with panic disorder may become ashamed of their illness and begin to avoid situations and places believed to be associated with their disorder. The fear of having a panic attack in a classroom – and fear of the resulting social judgment – can strongly discourage a student from attending school, leading to academic problems.

Panic disorders often develop in late teens. However, not every patient who experiences a panic attack develops a panic disorder.

Symptoms of Panic Disorder

  • Intense sensations of fear, disconnect or loss of control
  • Fast, pounding heartbeat
  • Feeling light-headed or dizzy
  • Shortness of breath
  • Shaking

Red Flags of Panic Disorder

Red flags of a panic disorder that may signal the need for panic disorder treatment include:

  • Avoidance behaviors towards places and things believed to be associated with panic attacks
  • Faking illness to get out of activities, such as going to school
  • Strong worry about when and where the next attack will happen
  • Clingy behavior with parents
  • Reluctance to leave the house or participate in activities

Who Develops Panic Disorder?

As with many other mood disorders, researchers are uncertain of a specific, identifiable cause for panic disorders. Some people with the disorder report having close relatives dealing with panic attacks or mood disorders like depression. Studies on identical twins have identified a potential hereditary link to panic disorder. Meanwhile, other researchers suggest patients with the disorder may misinterpret ordinary neurological signals as something far more alarming.

The American Psychological Association warns that stressful life events act as triggers for panic attacks. Divorce, the recent loss of a loved relative or friend, and violent assault can lead to the development of panic disorder later in life. Whatever leads to the development of the panic disorder, it is important that a teen struggling with this problem seeks treatment in order to regain control over their life.

Getting Help for Panic Disorder

Panic attacks, although short, can seem overwhelming and endless to a person in the grip of one. However, panic disorder is treatable. ADEONA Healthcare’s Rancho San Diego residential panic disorder treatment center provides adolescents and teens with a safe, welcoming place to receive treatment and overcome their challenges. Our facility is not a reform school – it is a place where adolescents can reach their full potential.

We understand that it is not enough to simply address the physical symptoms of a panic disorder – our panic disorder treatment options also address the complex psychological issues that drive the disorder. Additionally, we address any other disorders that may be co-occurring along with panic disorder, such as depression or substance abuse.

Our facility is safe, secure and comfortable and is equipped with 24/7  crisis intervention ensuring that our patients are never in harm’s way during their stay with us.

Why Choose ADEONA Healthcare?

What makes us the leading provider for adolescent mental health services?

  • ADEONA Healthcare’s holistic approach to treatment ensures our care is thorough, compassionate and effective.
  • We make use of the latest, research-backed treatment modalities to help our patients through their problems.

A healthier life can start today – call our 24/7 helpline (888) 997-3966 for more information about creating a customized treatment plan for panic disorder with a member of our team. You can also chat online with a representative for further assistance.

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