Panic Disorder


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If you or a loved one suffers from panic disorder, you know just how disruptive the condition can be to normal routines. Help is available through the care of founder Lindsey Garrett, RN, MBA, CCRN, and team member Benjamin Illum, MD, of Dreamscape Ketamine and Wellness in San Diego, California. Ketamine therapy has helped many people move beyond panic disorder to live happy, balanced lives. Call or reach out online today to learn more.

What are some signs I might have panic disorder?

Panic disorder is a psychiatric condition characterized by episodes of unexpected panic. These panic attacks make your heart beat faster and create breathing challenges. 

Some additional signs of panic disorder include frequent bouts of:

  • Chest pain
  • Trembling
  • Sweating or chills
  • Nausea or stomach pain
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Numbness or tingling in the hands

Many people will experience one or two panic attacks at some point in life. For people with panic disorder, these attacks occur frequently and are disruptive to daily living. There is no need to shape your life around panic attacks when there are treatments that can help.

How can ketamine therapy help treat panic disorder?

Ketamine therapy works by activating glutamate, a chemical found within your brain. This chemical messenger works to help regulate your mood and also plays a role in memory and learning functions. 

Glutamate is also essential in supporting neuroplasticity, which is your brain’s ability to respond and adapt to new experiences. Ketamine appears to disrupt harmful thought patterns, paving the way for your brain to create more positive and helpful thought patterns. 

Research supports the use of ketamine therapy in treating a number of mental health conditions. As more and more people find lasting relief from panic disorder through ketamine therapy, ongoing research continues to expand their understanding of this approach. 

Am I a good candidate for ketamine treatment for panic disorder?

As with all medications, not everyone is a good candidate for ketamine therapy. As you navigate your mental health treatment options, be sure to clearly communicate your personal and family health history to your health providers. 

Some of the conditions that might make you a poor candidate for ketamine therapy include:

  • History of psychosis
  • Unmanaged blood pressure

By working closely with a skilled medical professional, you can find a path toward panic disorder relief that does not place your overall health at risk. 

When you’re ready to learn more, booking a visit at Dreamscape Ketamine and Wellness San Diego is as easy as a quick phone call or a few moments online.

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