Increases in incidence of Panic Attack Disorder in our age will probably cause this condition to be seen as the leading mental illness of the 21st Century. Each year, more people enter hospital emergency rooms, suspecting they are having heart attacks. Other than running an EKG and doing a stress test, there is little the hospital can do for them. In response to the Generalized Anxiety or Agoraphobia from which many suffer, primary care physicians offer traditional anti-anxiety medications. These drugs are often addictive, and can have side effects that are worse than the reasons for having taken them!
The good news is that anxiety and panic attack disorder are among the most responsive conditions to treatment, provided the approach is right.
At The Neuroscience Team of Baltimore, we apply the most current technology in our effort to help the patient.
Biofeedback offers a comprehensive plotting of the patient’s autonomic nervous system on computer, allowing patients to see the exact patterns of their breathing, pulse, skin temperature and skin conductancy. In a relatively short while, patients learn to regulate their breathing, steady the pulse, raise their skin temperature (which indicates increased calm) and reduce skin reactivity (another indication of calm). Mastering this technique provides patients with enhanced control of their own autonomic reactions, and it can interrupt the body’s feedback loop of panic.
Hypnotherapy is yet another very effective medium of treatment for this condition; in the peace and calm of a hypnotic state, patients can reset their reactions to life’s events, and learn to respond to stressors differently.
Neurofeedback is another very effective medium for recovery. Research has identified typical profiles of brain activity in people with anxiety/panic attack, and those without, we can prescribe a training course that reduces the anxiety-provoking patterns and restores confidence. Although patients respond at different rates, and past experiences are no guarantee of future success, clinicians usually observe significant reduction in anxiety level, and even frequent reports of a discontinuation of the panic attacks, after as few as two treatments.
You do not have to live with crippling anxiety or panic attacks.
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