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Panic Disorder : Controlling Fight Or Flight
 

Panic Disorder : Controlling Fight Or Flight

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Anxiety and panic are typical human reactions, linked to self-awareness and self-preservation....

Anxiety and panic are typical human reactions, linked to self-awareness and self-preservation.
The flight-or-fight instinct is the brain’s subconscious choice of solutions to immediate threats of danger

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    • Panic Disorder Controlling Fight or Flight www.helpingpsychology.com http://free-anger-management.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/dreamstime_anxiety.jpg
    • Anxiety and panic are typical human reactions, linked to self-awareness and self-preservation. www.helpingpsychology.com http://content5.videojug.com/f1/f1da84d9-7afc-4b72-aa02-23ad4580c808/how-to-help-someone-having-a-panic-attac.jpg
    • The flight-or-fight instinct is the brain’s subconscious choice of solutions to immediate threats of danger. www.helpingpsychology.com http://neuronarrative.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/anxiety.jpg
    • Slamming on the brakes in reaction to the threat of a car accident, fleeing from a building at the sound of a fire alarm and administering frantic back blows to one’s choking child are examples of how anxiety and panic guide human actions. www.helpingpsychology.com
    • People who are diagnosed with panic disorder experience overwhelming fear and panic over situations that typically do not require such serious concern. www.helpingpsychology.com http://www.healthreportnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/anxiety.jpg
    • Depending upon the seriousness of the condition, psychologists typically use a combination of approaches for helping patients diagnosed with panic disorder. www.helpingpsychology.com http://i.ehow.com/images/GlobalPhoto/Articles/5329928/331935-main_Full.jpg
    • Physical symptoms of panic attacks can include rapid heartbeat, paralyzing terror, trembling and difficulty breathing. www.helpingpsychology.com http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2008/12/11/article-1093727-006C43DF00000258-265_468x664.jpg
    • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and Applied Relaxation therapy (AR) are used by psychologists, often in conjunction with prescribed medications, to treat patients with panic disorders. www.helpingpsychology.com
    • The goal is to help patients understand the difference between rational and irrational concerns and behaviors. www.helpingpsychology.com http://www.prlog.org/10233291-attachment.jpg
    • Patients first learn to identify triggers and concerns that begin their cycle of anxiety and panic. www.helpingpsychology.com
    • Next, psychologists help patients understand their own behavior patterns and thoughts processes. www.helpingpsychology.com
    • Finally, patients practice and apply strategies for modifying and controlling their thoughts and reactions. www.helpingpsychology.com
    • To combat the debilitating experience of panic attacks, applied relaxation therapy (AR) is often used to help people cope with the physical symptoms and gain control of the situation. www.helpingpsychology.com
    • Applied Relaxation therapy is often used together with CBT to provide patients with a variety of methods of addressing their thoughts, reactions and actions. www.helpingpsychology.com
    • Another approach used to treat panic disorder is pharmacotherapy, or the use of medications, as a short- or long-term option. www.helpingpsychology.com
    • Anxiolytics, which are anti-anxiety medications, or selective serotinin reuptake inhibitors(SSRIs), are sometimes prescribed to alter the brain chemistry in order to alleviate symptoms or to aid in the success of other therapies. www.helpingpsychology.com
    • Common SSRIs used to treat panic disorders include Prozac, Paxil or Zoloft. Xanax, Ativan and Valium are also commonly prescribed by psychiatrists. www.helpingpsychology.com
    • Fear, panic and anxiety are believed to be traits that have evolved in the brain to alert and protect people from dangers. www.helpingpsychology.com
    • Flight-or-Fight is a necessary instinct in human beings that increases our chances of survival in hazardous situations. www.helpingpsychology.com
    • www.helpingpsychology.com Treating Constant Fear and panic through the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy, applied relaxation therapy and prescription medications can allow patients to learn methods for combating panic disorders in order to experience more comfortable lives.
    • www.argosy.edu Argosy University has developed a curriculum that focuses on interpersonal skills and practical experience alongside academic learning. Sponsored By Helping Psychology is sponsored by Argosy University.