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Panic Attack

Developing Minds NY

Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist located in FiDi (Financial District), New York, NY

More than 3 million people in the United States experience panic disorder, which most commonly develops during adolescence. Panic disorder involves overwhelming feelings of anxiety, worry, or fear that lead to panic attacks. At Developing Minds NY, in the Financial District of Manhattan, Stephen Gamss, DO, can diagnose panic disorder and help your child control their panic attacks so they can continue to learn, interact socially, and fulfill their potential. To schedule an evaluation for panic disorder, call the office in New York City, or book online today.

Panic Attack Q & A

What is a panic attack?

A panic attack occurs when you experience an unexpected episode of intense fear or discomfort that causes physical symptoms like a racing heartbeat and shortness of breath. Panic attacks can last from a few minutes to several hours.

Repeated panic attacks indicate the presence of panic disorder, a specific type of anxiety disorder. Panic disorder can interfere with your child’s learning and may affect their social life and self-esteem.

What causes panic attacks?

Factors like genetics, stress, and brain chemistry may increase your risk of panic attacks. Some people experience only a few panic attacks during their lifetime; frequently, panic attacks arise without a clear cause.

When you have panic disorder, your symptoms typically arise due to specific triggers, such as social events, tests, places, and other experiences that produce a disproportionate sense of nervousness or fear.

How do I know if my child has panic disorder? 

Your child might have panic disorder if they have recurring panic attacks or you notice the following signs:

  • Difficulty completing school work
  • Frequently missing school
  • Avoiding people, places, or situations that could trigger an attack
  • Feelings of self-consciousness 

Panic disorder often co-occurs with depression, substance abuse, and other mental health concerns.

What services are available for panic attacks?

If you’re concerned about your child’s panic attacks, Dr. Gamss and the team at Developing Minds NY can evaluate them for panic disorder and other mental health conditions, and Dr. Gamss can recommend the best treatment solutions for your child’s unique needs. 

Available services for panic disorder include:

Diagnostic evaluation

To diagnose panic disorder, Dr. Gamss performs a comprehensive psychiatric assessment, which consists of a 90-minute evaluation session and a review of their medical history. He may also request genetic testing and additional information from your child’s school, medical team, and previous or current mental health providers. 

Medication management

Anti-anxiety medicine and other medications can tame your child’s symptoms and address co-occurring conditions. Dr. Gamss provides expert management services to monitor how your child responds to medication and track their ongoing progress. He also makes changes in dosage or types of medication when needed.

Comprehensive evaluation report

Developing Minds NY provides detailed evaluation reports to your child’s school, outside agencies, and other entities. This information helps to secure services and support so your child can reach their full potential. 

To schedule a consultation at Developing Minds NY, call today or book online.