Panic Disorder

Adult Psychiatry, ADHD Specialist & Telehealth Psychiatric Services located in Northern Suburbs of Buffalo, Williamsville, NY

Panic Disorder services offered in Northern Suburbs of Buffalo, Williamsville, NY

Panic attacks involve episodes of terror that leave you discouraged and exhausted. Panic disorder is comprised of frequent panic attacks that can have devastating effects on you, your loved ones, and your relationships. Adult psychiatry specialist Maureen Conway, PMHNP, provides safe, compassionate, and effective treatment via telemedicine. Maureen can help with the debilitating symptoms and provide you with coping techniques and strategies so that you can participate fully in life. Call Resilient Psychiatry in the Northern Suburbs of Buffalo neighborhood of Williamsville, New York, to schedule a virtual visit. Or request an appointment online whenever you’re ready.

Panic Disorder Q&A

What is panic disorder?

Panic disorder refers to frequent panic attacks that occur suddenly, without warning, and often without an apparent cause. Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder characterized by repeated episodes of intense fear known as panic attacks. Many people will experience a panic attack at some point in life.

If you have panic disorder, you may feel exhausted, debilitated, and ashamed. Symptoms might prevent you from participating in social activities, performing daily tasks, and even leaving the house.


What are the symptoms of panic disorder?

A panic attack often occurs without warning, causing extreme terror and an intense sense of lack of control. Physical symptoms can accompany panic disorder and may include any combination of the following:

  • Rapid heart rate
  • Hot flashes
  • Sweating
  • Chills
  • Trembling
  • Shaking
  • Dizziness 
  • Faintness
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Nausea

Panic attacks often involve shortness of breath and chest pain, and many patients mistake a panic attack for a heart attack. Most panic attacks subside within 30 minutes.

Even a brief panic attack can feel terrifying. When a person experiences panic disorder, they might develop intense fear about when they’ll have another episode and avoid situations because they worry about the reoccurrence.

Severe cases of panic disorder can lead to a condition called agoraphobia or an extreme fear of being out in public.


What causes panic disorder and attacks?

Researchers don’t yet understand why panic disorder or panic attacks occur without the presence of actual danger. Some factors can increase the risk of panic attacks, like:

  • Genetics
  • Brain chemistry
  • Personality characteristics
  • Environmental factors
  • Stressful life events
  • Trauma
  • Injury
  • Illness

Some research indicates that the nervous system of patients with panic disorder might interpret harmless bodily sensations as dangerous threats.


What are some treatments for panic disorder?

Board-certified adult psychiatry specialist Maureen Conway at Resilient Psychiatry has extensive experience developing individualized care plans to address panic attacks and disorders, in addition to depression and mood disorders.



Treatment might include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and counseling. Evidence-based techniques help to retrain thinking and build strategies to recognize situations that don’t present a threat or danger.



Medications, including anti-anxiety and antidepressant medicines, can help to control symptoms of panic.

Your provider partners with you to find the proper medicine and dosage for your unique needs and goals. Medication management and telemedicine services are also available to ensure your treatment works.


You don’t have to experience constant, debilitating panic attacks alone. Schedule a mental health evaluation or virtual visit by calling Resilient Psychiatry today. Or request an appointment online now.