Common Conditions addressed at the CCT

Panic disorder refers to recurrent episodes of intense fear that peaks within minutes. It is typically accompanied by several of the following symptoms: heart palpitations, sweating, shaking, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, feeling faint, chills, feeling detached from oneself or reality, and fear of going crazy. Those experiencing panic attacks become very fearful of these symptoms and tend to believe they are having a heart attack, or otherwise are on the verge of death. They often begin avoiding situations they mistakenly believe will trigger another panic attack.

At OCCT, we are able to identify symptoms of Panic Disorder at the initial triage stage, which allows the assessing psychologist to prioritize treatment of these symptoms within the first few therapy sessions. Early diagnosis is critical, as panic disorder is one of the most readily treated conditions with Cognitive Therapy and can save the individual repeated visits to the Emergency Room or Doctor’s office.