Teen Panic Disorder is an Anxiety Disorder characterized by teens experiencing sudden onsets of stress, fear, and/or worry that usually causes shortness of breath, tunnel vision, and a rapid heart rate. These onsets are often called “panic attacks” or “anxiety attacks” and can arise with little to no warning.
The most defining symptom of Teen Panic Disorder are the panic attacks themselves, which can include a number of physical symptoms, including: sweating, trembling, shortness of breath, severe worry and fear that overtakes the mind, and blurry or tunnel vision. The symptoms of these panic attacks can be so overwhelming that they cause teens to feel helpless to stop them and/or prevent them, which can make teens feel very unstable and out of control, overall. It’s worth noting that physiologically, during a panic attack, the body’s stress response system kicks into full gear, which is why the teen experiences all the stress reactions that would normally be associated with an actual physical attack.
Panic attacks can be brought on by a number of different causes, including things such as hereditary factors, hormonal imbalances, PTSD and/or severe stress, and/or poor reaction to mediation. Panic attacks often are present as a Co-Occurring Disorder, especially with other Anxiety Disorders.
Teen Panic Disorder treatment often can include a combination of individual therapy, group therapy, and sometimes, medication. One of the most important aspects of treating Teen Panic Disorders is to help teens to examine and address the underlying sources of stress and anxiety present. While a key aspect of treatment is also to work towards teens not having panic attacks, or at least decrease the frequency of them, it’s also important to address what causes have led the teens to experiencing such a high baseline of stress in their day-to-day lives that they can be triggered to go into these kinds of panic attacks, in the first place. Thoroughly addressing two aspects of treatment will not only help teens to hopefully experience fewer panic attacks, but also to gain relief from the chronic stress they’ve experiencing.
For some teens, it can be helpful to take medication as a means to reduce anxiety and reduce or lessen the frequency of panic attacks. Medication can be very successful in providing teens with enough relief from their current stress that they are able to function in their daily lives and furthermore, better able to fully engage in other aspects of treatment.
Paradigm New York:
At Paradigm New York, we provide holistic treatment for teens with Teen Panic Disorder. Located just outside of New York City, Paradigm New York is a comprehensive teen treatment facility, providing some of the best quality care available, to teens from New York as well as all over the U.S. At Paradigm New York, the focus of our Teen Panic Disorder treatment is not only to support teens to gain relief from symptoms, but to support them to address the underlying causes and stressors of the current conditions. By helping teens to do this kind of thorough, holistic therapeutic work, we find that they are not only able to recover and make substantial progress, but to grow in all areas of their lives.