Panic Attacks and Panic Disorders: Coping Mechanisms and Treatment

At Pandora’s House Psychiatry, we firmly believe in empowering our patients with knowledge and resources to manage their mental health. One area we often find shrouded in misunderstanding is panic attacks and panic disorder. In this blog post, we’ll shed light on what these conditions entail and discuss coping mechanisms and treatment options to help those who struggle with them.

Panic Attacks and Panic Disorders: Coping Mechanisms and Treatment

Understanding Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder

A panic attack is an abrupt surge of intense fear or discomfort, peaking within minutes. Symptoms include palpitations, sweating, shaking, shortness of breath, and feelings of impending doom. Panic disorder, on the other hand, is characterized by recurring panic attacks and persistent concern about having further episodes.

Coping Mechanisms

While a panic attack can feel overwhelming, certain coping mechanisms can help manage the symptoms.

Deep Breathing

When panic strikes, deep, controlled breathing can help to slow the heart rate and promote relaxation. Try inhaling deeply for a count of 4, holding for a count of 4, then exhaling for a count of 4.

Grounding Techniques

Grounding techniques can help connect you with the present moment. One common method is the 5-4-3-2-1 technique, where you identify five things you can see, four things you can touch, three things you can hear, two things you can smell, and one thing you can taste.

Mindfulness and Meditation

Regular practice of mindfulness and meditation can increase your ability to manage panic symptoms when they arise.

Professional Treatment

While coping mechanisms are valuable tools, professional treatment is often necessary for individuals with panic disorder. Pandora’s House Psychiatry offers multiple treatment modalities, depending on the individual needs of the patient.


Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is an effective treatment for panic disorder. This form of therapy helps individuals learn to understand and change thought patterns that lead to panic symptoms.


Several types of medications, including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), and benzodiazepines, can be beneficial in treating panic disorder.

Lifestyle Adjustments

In addition to therapy and medication, lifestyle adjustments such as regular exercise, sufficient sleep, and a balanced diet can significantly reduce the frequency and intensity of panic attacks.

Panic attacks and panic disorder can be intensely disruptive to daily life, but it’s important to remember that help is available. At Pandora’s House Psychiatry, we’re committed to providing compassionate, effective treatment to help you regain control over your life.

Panic disorders do not have to define you or dictate the quality of your life. If you’re experiencing symptoms, we encourage you to reach out to us. Our team of experts is here to guide you through the journey towards recovery.

Contact Us

Are you or a loved one experiencing panic attacks or living with panic disorder? Don’t let fear control your life. Contact Pandora’s House Psychiatry today to start your journey towards recovery. Your mental health is our priority, and our skilled team is ready to provide the support and treatment you need.