How Does a Panic Disorder Play Into Addiction?

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How Does a Panic Disorder Play Into Addiction?

Some mental health diagnoses are more likely to lead to addiction than others. One such diagnosis is panic disorder. Understanding how these two things relate to and inform each other is important. If you suspect you may struggle with these two conditions, keep reading to learn more.

It’s important to note that everyone has unique mental health experiences. While some patterns may appear often, there are many exceptions to the rule. If you have questions about your mental health, get in touch with Avalon Malibu today.

Understanding Panic Disorder

Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder and is one of the many diagnoses we are prepared to treat at Avalon Malibu. Stress and environmental factors are the two most common factors that influence the development of a panic disorder. Some people with this condition never receive a diagnosis, though most people with fairly severe cases do.

Symptoms of panic disorder can include:

  • Racing heart
  • Nausea
  • Chest pain
  • Physical weakness
  • Panic attacks

If you think you may have panic disorder, reach out to a mental health professional and share your symptoms with them. Diagnosis is the first step toward healing.

The Role of Addiction

Now that we’ve discussed panic disorder, let’s consider how it relates to addiction.

While there are many different ways to answer the question of how substance use and panic disorder relate, one of the most common explanations is that individuals sometimes use substances to cope with their symptoms. Substance abuse can easily spiral into addiction. Through continued use, the brain becomes dependent on substances to achieve a sense of normalcy and calm.

The belief that substances can lessen panic disorder symptoms is not only false but also dangerous. Many people with panic disorder don’t know where to turn for solutions. They end up going the easy but harmful route of substance abuse.

Dealing with both panic disorder and addiction can be extremely isolating. At Avalon Malibu, we provide a variety of different treatment options for both substance use disorder (SUD) and panic disorder. Reach out and determine if our services could be the right fit for you.

If you think you may be dealing with panic disorder, you’re not alone. The Avalon Malibu staff is here to support you and ensure you get the mental health care you need. Starting mental health treatment can be overwhelming, but we are here to make the process as smooth and effective as possible so you can live a life of sobriety and mental health. You don’t have to deal with your conditions alone, so don’t hesitate to reach out. Call (844) 857-5992 to get connected with a member of our staff. 

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