Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder
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- Breathing difficulties
- Chest aches
- Heart palpitations
- Stomach troubles
- Numbness in certain body parts
- Sweating and chills
- Shaking body parts
What Is Substance Abuse?
Commonly Abused Substances
- Prescription medicines, such as pain pills, stimulants, or anxiety pills
Risks of Substance Misuse
- Intestinal decay
- Brain damage
Relationship Between Substance Abuse and Panic Attacks
Drug Abuse as a Hindrance to Panic Disorder Treatment
Most co-occurring panic disorders are hampered by substance use disorder. For example, persons with an addiction are less likely to keep appointments and follow treatment suggestions than those without an addiction. This may be more severe in individuals who suffer from panic disorder symptoms and substance-induced anxiety disorder.
Drugs That Can Worsen the Symptoms of Panic Attacks
Many people think of marijuana as a depressive, meaning it relaxes the body and mind; however, this drug is also a stimulant. As a result, marijuana abuse can exacerbate the sensations associated with panic attacks.
Long-Term Effects of Substance Abuse
- Heart attacks
- Liver disease
- Kidney failure
- Increased mental health issues
What Treatments Are Available?
Coping Mechanisms for Panic Attacks
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)
Doctors may prescribe topiramate for those who have panic disorder and struggle with cocaine abuse. Similarly, paroxetine and sertraline are commonly recommended medications for people suffering from alcoholism and panic disorder. Doctors administer medicine to each patient, examine their reactions, and change the dosage or propose a different prescription based on the responses.
Other Treatment Plans
Helping a Loved One Get Through Panic Disorder and Substance Abuse
Be Compassionate and Nonjudgmental
Be Prepared for Denial or Defensive Behavior
Remember That Substance Abuse and Panic Disorders Are Both Disease Processes
Offer Specific Solutions
When discussing solutions, it’s helpful to provide specific recovery options, such as the name of a therapist or rehab facility specializing in treating clients with dual diagnoses of anxiety and drug misuse. It helps eliminate time wastage and shows how ready you are to help.