How Can I Accept That I Have Panic Disorder?

Learning to Live with an Anxiety Disorder

When initially diagnosed with panic disorder, it is not unusual to experience many different emotions. A part of you may feel relieved that there is a name to what you have and that effective treatment options are available that may be able to help you

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Fear is often the result of uncertainty. If you are feeling upset over your diagnosis of panic disorder, it may be in part due to the fact that you do not have adequate knowledge about your condition.

Having a better understanding of your condition may help you feel more in control and like less of a victim of panic.

The first step to gathering information is through professional help. Your doctor or therapist can provide you with the most thorough and up to date information on your condition. If you still need some clarification after talking things over, don’t be afraid to ask your doctor additional questions about panic disorder. She is there to support you and provide you with the information you need in order to have a clear understanding of your symptoms, what to expect in treatment, and how to manage living with panic disorder.

Other sources of information can come from reputable websites and books on panic disorder. Your physician’s office may also have pamphlets that outline the main FAQs about panic disorder. If you need any additional information, ask your doctor if she can provide you with more resources.

Find Social Support

Caring and understanding social support can be one of the biggest influences on helping you accept your mental health disorder. When first diagnosed with panic disorder, it can be difficult to tell others about your condition. If you decide to share this information, do so with caution, only reaching out to loved ones you believe will respond with compassion and understanding.

Explaining your condition to others can be tricky at times. However, you may find that friends and family will want to support you throughout your journey towards recovery. There may be some loved ones who you can confide in, letting them know how treatment is going and how you have been coping with your condition. Having a shoulder to lean on can help you reach a greater level of acceptance.

If you do not currently have loved ones n your life that you can openly and honestly discuss your condition with, try a local support group. Such groups can be found by searching local nonprofits that focus on assisting those with mental health conditions, such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

Additional support can be found through group therapy. More formal than support groups, group therapy is facilitated by a mental health specialist who will set group topics and exercises. Group therapy can assist you in meeting and sharing with others who are dealing with similar conditions and symptoms.

For instance, there are often groups to assist people with anxiety disorders in managing their fears and other anxiety-related symptoms. Talk to your doctor or therapist about the possibility of group therapy. 

Stop Fighting Against Your Symptoms

Accepting your condition may require a big shift in your thinking. Instead of trying to suppress your symptoms, it may be helpful to become proactive in learning how to cope with them. Your clinician can assist you in creating a treatment plan that will help you regain control over panic disorder. She will assist you in determining which treatment options will be best for your situation, such as prescribed medication, psychotherapy, and self-help. Follow through with treatment and you will be able to manage your life with panic disorder.

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