Treatment for Anxiety Attacks and Panic Attacks

Treatment for anxiety attacks and panic attacks often involves psychotherapy and medication, or a combination of both. Synergy Health Programs specializes in assisting individuals with these challenges, including Anxiety Disorder. Explore the distinctive services at our inpatient anxiety treatment centers to see how we can provide the support you need.

About Anxiety Attacks

The level of intensity of anxiety attacks exists on a spectrum. While not all types of anxiety are debilitating, they can often induce panic attacks—a subset of the anxiety spectrum often referred to as Panic Disorder. This leaves individuals to face difficulty in navigating work, relationships, and the day-to-day experiences and decisions that are part of a productive life.

Everyone gets stressed and worried sometimes. It’s when that stress and worry become excessive, causing persistent physical and mental distress, that a diagnosis of an anxiety disorder may be warranted.

Treatment for Anxiety Attacks

What is a Panic Attack?

In some cases, an individual may experience panic attacks as well. A panic attack is a short but intense burst of stress or fear, typically lasting no longer than 30 minutes. Symptoms generally include shortness of breath, increased heart rate, and chest pain. While a panic attack is usually triggered by a particular event, it may also occur for no reason and without warning. For some individuals with anxiety, panic attacks occur repeatedly, while others may experience a panic attack just once.

Signs of Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety is a part of the body’s normal processes, but it presents as a problem when it becomes chronic or overwhelming. Because anxiety disorders exist on a spectrum, symptoms and severity often differ from person to person. 

The following signs may suggest the presence of an anxiety disorder:

  • Persistent stress and/or worry
  • Constant feelings of being on edge or feelings of imminent fear or danger
  • Stress responses such as fatigue or restlessness to everyday situations
  • Overwhelming worry that interferes with school, work, relationships, responsibilities, and daily activities
  • Avoidance of everyday situations due to unwanted thoughts
  • Trouble sleeping due to excessive stress or worry

In some cases, anxiety may become acute and present as a panic attack. Signs of a panic attack include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Increased heart rate
  • Chest pain
  • Sweating
  • Racing heart
  • Feelings of faintness or dizziness
  • Sense of doom or fear
  • Tingling or numbness
  • A general feeling of a loss of control

Panic attack symptoms are typically very intense and may last anywhere from a few minutes to half an hour

How to Treat Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder

Professional treatment is very important for individuals who suffer from anxiety and panic attacks. With care and oversight, it is possible for individuals to manage their anxiety and possibly even eliminate bursts of panic.


Effective anxiety treatment requires a tailored approach that addresses each patient’s needs individually. Treatment for anxiety starts with an assessment in order to understand the scope of the disorder and an individual’s most persistent symptoms. This initial assessment is performed by a licensed psychiatrist, who may prescribe anti-anxiety medicine. Medication is a very standard part of anxiety care and allows patients to approach their treatment from a position of stability.


Long-term management of anxiety disorders and panic attacks requires regular psychotherapy (also called “talk therapy”) wherein a patient works with a mental health professional to understand their anxiety and how to manage it. Anxiety and panic disorder therapy treatment is extremely effective, as it allows individuals to become more aware of the triggers that bring on anxious thoughts and panic attacks and provides them with alternate coping mechanisms for dealing with those triggers when they do occur.

Over time, an individual may discontinue their use of medication. However, anti-anxiety medications are incredibly useful, and it is very common for patients to remain on a drug regimen along with long-term counseling.

Anxiety and Depression Treatment Centers

Alternative Anxiety and Depression Treatment Options

We offer a wide range of personalized anxiety and depression treatments at residential and outpatient levels of care at each of our anxiety and depression treatment centers. These include group and private sessions, as well as medication management and the introduction of holistic therapies such as yoga, massage, and meditation.

Choosing the Right Treatment for Anxiety Attacks

Anxiety and panic attacks do not have to hold your life back. Contact us today to learn more about our treatment services and the dedicated personnel who can help you choose the best path toward healing.

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