We regularly encounter stressful and challenging situations that can heighten our anxiety or fear. But sometimes, an experience can be particularly overwhelming, and our bodies react instinctively with a physical and emotional intensity that kickstarts our fight-or-flight response.

In this article, we’ll look at the concept of a panic attack versus panic disorder. Not everyone who experiences a panic attack will have panic disorder, but those with panic disorder will often experience repeated panic attacks. Panic attacks can occur with any anxiety disorder as well as other mental disorders (e.g., PTSD, substance use disorders, depressive disorders) and some medical conditions (e.g., cardiac, gastrointestinal, respiratory, vestibular). We’ll explore the relationship with agoraphobia, discuss some treatment options and coping strategies that can help support someone with greater empathy and understanding. From there, we’ll also address how veterans can be at increased risk of developing panic disorder and share resources that are essential to creating a supportive environment and helping to destigmatize mental health concerns.

Your Nova Scotia Lawyers Assistance Program (NSLAP) provider, Homewood HealthTM is pleased to provide the following newsletter: “Navigating Panic Disorder“.

If you have wellness questions, or are looking for wellness information, visit the NSLAP website at www.nslap.ca. For more information and support, along with resources and counselling on navigating panic disorder, register with Homewood Health™ https://homeweb.ca/. Please note that NSLAP is your “company” name when you register, and your Invitation Code is NSB931

Call in confidence, 24 hours a day: 1 866 299 1299 (within Nova Scotia) | (See the website for details about calling from outside Nova Scotia) | 1 866 398 9505 (en français) | 1 888 384 1152 (TTY).