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Published on March 18, 2015

Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder

Your heart races, you may have difficulty breathing, and you have an intense feeling of dread, yet you are not experiencing an actual threat. These are just some of the symptoms of a panic attack, and about six million Americans experience them.

Some people who experience panic attacks will start to worry so much about having another one that they will avoid situations they think may cause another attack and their condition progresses from panic attacks to panic disorder. Panic attacks and panic disorder are highly treatable conditions. Treatment includes teaching coping strategies, trying cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and, in some cases, prescribing medication.

If you wonder if panic plays a role in your life, take a free and anonymous screening. At the end of a screening, you will find out if your symptoms are consistent with an anxiety disorder. You will receive feedback, treatment information if necessary, and resources.

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About Dr. Dave Miers

Dr. Dave Miers is the counseling and program development manager for mental health services at Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln, Neb. He also co-chairs the Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition.

Dr. Miers has published research focusing on family survivors of teen suicide and co-authored a chapter in an international handbook for clinical suicide research on the role of professionals in helping families after a child’s suicide. Dr. Miers assisted in the development of the Lincoln Lancaster Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors team in Lincoln, Neb.


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