First of all – let us get it clear: what is a panic disorder? Panic disorder is an anxiety disorder that is characterized by fear, worry, and unexpected panic attacks. Panic attacks are defined as abrupt surges of sudden, intense fear that has no obvious cause. Symptoms and signs of panic attacks include also physical symptoms, such as palpitations, racing heart, shaking, breathing difficulties, chest pain, and sweating. Although the symptoms of panic disorder are quite overwhelming, you must know that they can be managed and improved with treatment. People who are suffering from panic disorder live in fear of having a panic attack, but the right medication can reduce symptoms and improve the quality of life. Valium is the trademark name for the anti-anxiety drug diazepam and is the anti-anxiety medication that’s used to treat panic disorder and other similar conditions.
How Valium treats Panic disorder?
Valium is a type of benzodiazepine drugs. Benzodiazepines are classified as Anti-anxiety medications, they are also known as sedatives due to their tranquilizing and calming effects. Valium impacts the GABA receptors and slows down the central nervous system (CNS). Valium is a fast-acting medication that helps to reduce the severity of panic attacks and other anxiety symptoms.
Panic disorder: the symptoms
Often panic attacks occur suddenly and produce intense fear, without any warning and with no clear trigger. Typically the symptoms develop abruptly and usually reach their peak within 10 to 20 minutes. Very rarely, in some unusual cases, symptoms may last for more than an hour, with most ending within 20 to 30 minutes. The symptoms often vary and can be different for everyone. You must be aware, that panic attacks can’t be predicted and can happen anywhere and at any time, this fact can hugely affect your functioning. Another important thing to bear in mind is that the fear of a panic attack or recalling a panic attack can provoke another attack.
The symptoms of panic attack include: sweating or chills, shaking or trembling, feelings of choking, dizziness (vertigo), chest pain or tightness, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, racing heartbeat or palpitations, numbness or tingling in your hands or feet, changes in mental state, including a feeling of unreality or depersonalization (being detached from oneself) and a fear of dying.
How to understand if you may be suffering from panic disorder?
Pay attention to your condition, if you:
- Experience frequent, unexpected panic attacks with no particular reason. If those panic attacks aren’t tied to a specific situation.
- If you worry a lot about having another panic attack and you are afraid of it.
- If you are behaving differently because of the panic attacks, such as avoiding places where you’ve bad experiences and previously panicked.
Please, remember, that seeking treatment is the most important part. Immediately contact your doctor if you have any questions or concerns regarding your health condition. If you are already taking Valium, be sure to understand how to use it. Follow the procedures you are taught when you use a dose.