Teen Panic Disorder Description
Teen Panic Disorder is an anxiety disorder in which teens suffer consistently from panic attacks. Panic attacks are the sudden, intense onset of extreme fear and worry, which often results in the following symptoms:
- increased heart rate
- shortness of breath
- tunnel vision
While teen panic disorder may exist as a Co-Occurring disorder along with another disorder, teen panic disorder itself is different than other anxiety disorders because the episodes are short-lived and intense with an acute beginning and end.
Teen Panic Disorder Symptoms
While there isn’t one known case for teen panic disorder, there are several factors we know are related to the disorder, including:
- the onset of PTSD
- presence of other anxiety disorders
- a traumatic life event such as: a form of assault, death of a loved one, or divorce
- hereditary causes
- and sometimes the taking or withdrawal symptoms related to prescription drugs
In addition to the symptoms listed above, panic attacks can include any or all of the following symptoms:
- stomach aches
- fear of losing control
- fear of death
Teen Panic Disorder Treatment
Teens with Panic Disorder can benefit from a combination of talk therapy and sometimes, medication. What’s important to note is that for teens struggling with Panic Disorder, treatment must not only address the current panic attack symptoms, but address the underlying stressors and anxiety present, which is surfacing in this way. In a word, if teens are having panic attacks, their overall level of stress is high, such that it’s affecting them even on the physical level. By working together in talk therapy sessions, our therapists can help teens evaluate the triggers, stressors, thought patterns, and other factors that are at the root of, and lead up to, the panic attacks. Therapists will help teens to identify what kinds of things in their lives are causing them distress and to work in healthy ways to process those things. Over time, the goal of Teen Panic Disorder treatment is to not just help teens to reduce, and eventually get rid of panic attacks, but also to work to address the unresolved issues that are creating emotional and physical stress in their lives.
Paradigm San Francisco
At Paradigm San Francisco, we provide adolescent treatment for mental health and substance abuse disorders, including Teen Panic Disorder. At Paradigm San Francisco, we design our teen panic disorder treatment plans individually, according to each teen’s unique needs, and continue to tailor and progress treatment, to make sure that all of the teen’s deeper challenges and goals are addressed. Paradigm San Francisco prides itself in offering treatment from a holistic approach, which values and addresses the whole person.