This page was clinically reviewed by Dr Oluwagbenga Odeyemi (MBBS, MPH, MRCPsych) in August 2021, and is scheduled to be reviewed again in August 2023.
Panic attacks, sometimes referred to as anxiety attacks, are characterised by sudden, unexpected bouts of acute and debilitating anxiety, which are often accompanied by distressing physical symptoms. These physical symptoms can be so severe, that it is not uncommon for first time sufferers to believe that they are experiencing a heart attack or a nervous breakdown. Over time, panic attacks can become more frequent, and the fear of suffering from a panic attack becomes embedded, resulting in what can feel like a ‘vicious circle’.
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Treatment for panic attacks at Priory
At Priory, we recognise that panic disorders can be very frightening and can result in intense worry and social isolation. However, it is important to understand that with appropriate, personalised treatment, panic attacks can be controlled and prevented, allowing you to address your challenges and take steps towards resuming the healthy and fulfilling life that you deserve.
If you think that you, or someone that you know, is struggling with a panic disorder, it is crucial to recognise that you’re not alone, and that expert, established anxiety & panic attack treatment is available. Our exceptional team of psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists and other mental health professionals are dedicated to delivering bespoke panic attack treatment at our specialist UK hospitals and wellbeing centres, empowering you to tackle your panic attack symptoms, and take steps towards a full and sustainable recovery.
Highly skilled panic attack treatment specialists
Our highly qualified specialists possess extensive experience in this area, and are able to deliver a wide variety of therapeutic interventions to help to alleviate your panic and anxiety. Our panic attack treatment experts are also able to prescribe medication for your panic attacks, if this is deemed as being appropriate for you. We ensure that each individual who seeks panic attack support with us is placed at the centre of their treatment and recovery journey, and is involved in all decisions regarding their care. This means that you will benefit from a truly personalised treatment experience, and achieve the best possible post-treatment outcomes for you as an individual.
It is important to recognise that without expert support, your panic attacks may become worse and more frequent over time, and can continue to have a disruptive impact on multiple areas of your life including your ability to function effectively, your relationships with others, your performance at work at school, your hobbies and social life, as well as your physical and psychological wellbeing. Therefore, whilst seeking help for your panic attacks may seem to be a daunting prospect, it is likely to be a crucial step in helping you to overcome your panic disorder and improve your quality of life. You can be assured that our highly supportive and compassionate treatment environments provide you with the perfect setting in which to address your concerns, and take steps towards a healthy, happy and positive way of life.
Get help for panic attacks at Priory
Whilst panic attacks can be distressing and difficult to cope with, it is important to understand that with effective treatment, they can be reduced and resolved. At Priory, we recognise that everyone experiences panic attacks differently and therefore, we are able to offer a bespoke treatment programme in order to tackle the underlying causes of your unique condition, acquire effective strategies to help you to cope with panic attacks, and identify triggers before they manifest.
We are able to deliver comprehensive treatment for panic attacks on an outpatient, day care or inpatient (residential) basis, depending on the severity of your condition and the intensity of the support that you require. You can read more about these different treatment options on our approach to mental health treatment page.
Furthermore, Priory’s nationwide network of specialist UK hospitals and wellbeing centres mean that we are able to offer you the exceptional panic attack help that you need, in a location that is convenient for you, and in a way that can be flexible around your unique requirements, circumstances and commitments.
Tried and tested treatment for panic attacks may include:
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) - CBT aims to address any dysfunctional thought patterns that may be contributing to your panic attacks, in order to re-evaluate these thoughts in a healthier way
- Medication – certain antidepressant medication, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), or other medications, can be used alongside CBT to further support in the management of panic attacks
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