Anxiety Disorders – Panic Disorder

Calo Young Adults - Winchester VA


I’ve been in therapy since I was 12. My parents sent me to a psychologist after my first panic attack. I’ve been going every week since then, but I still have such terrible anxiety that sometimes I think I’m dying. And these thoughts! What I think about is so horrible that I can’t even tell my therapist about them. I try to make the thoughts go away, but I can’t; and the harder I try, the stronger they get. My parents and my therapist want me to go to a program, but I’m not sure what the people there can do to help me.


I’ve been at Calo Young Adults for two months, and I have a cool therapist who actually specializes in anxiety disorders. I’ve learned a lot about how to breathe when I have a panic attack, and I can’t believe how much better I am, and how much more in control I feel. Of course taking deep breaths is only one of many techniques I’ve learned. I am so hopeful that after all these years, I might be able to enjoy my life. I’m even thinking about medication. My psychiatrist talked to me about how it would help, and my parents agree. But, me? I’m still thinking.

A diagnosis of Panic Disorder, a type of anxiety disorder, is given when an individual presents with a history of recurrent and unexpected panic attacks. Characterized by the ability to create physiological and psychological changes, a panic attack also can produce debilitating fear within moments of its beginning. In many cases this disorder manifests in individuals who also present with other Anxiety Disorders, Major Depressive Disorders, and/or Bipolar Disorder.

The distressful content of recurrent thoughts present in a Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is markedly different from the themes in a Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Differentiating those symptoms that define one psychological presentation from another is a critical task necessary to guide accurate and effective treatment interventions.

For additional information about the treatment of Panic Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Major Depression or Bi-polar Disorder at Calo Young Adults, please contact Admissions.

last modified: July 16th, 2018