Child Panic Disorder

Does your child or adolescent experience recurrent, unexpected panic attacks? Does he or she persistently worry about having additional panic attacks, or their consequences?

What is a panic attack?

A panic attack is an abrupt surge of intense fear or intense discomfort that reaches a peak within minutes.

What are the symptoms of a panic attack?

  • palpitations

  • pounding heart

  • sweating

  • trembling or shaking

  • sensations of shortness of breath or smothering

  • feelings of choking

  • chest pain or discomfort

  • nausea or abdominal distress

  • feeling dizzy, unsteady, lightheaded or faint

  • chilled or heat sensations

  • numbness or tingling sensations

  • derealization or feelings of unreality

  • feeling detached from oneself

  • fear of losing control or “going crazy”

  • fear of dying

Treatment for panic disorder in Philadelphia:

Dr. Braunstein offers supportive, evidence-based therapy for children and adolescents with panic disorder, tailored to their specific needs and preferences. Contact Dr. Braunstein to schedule an initial visit at her office in Center City Philadelphia.

Helpful external resources for panic disorder:

National Institute of Mental Health - panic disorder

Anxiety and Depression Association of America - panic disorder