Anxiety/Panic Disorder - White River Junction VA Medical Center, Vermont
Attention A T users. To access the menus on this page please perform the following steps. 1. Please switch auto forms mode to off. 2. Hit enter to expand a main menu option (Health, Benefits, etc). 3. To enter and activate the submenu links, hit the down arrow. You will now be able to tab or arrow up or down through the submenu options to access/activate the submenu links.

White River Junction VA Medical Center, Vermont


Anxiety/Panic Disorder

What is anxiety/panic disorder?

People who experience anxiety disorders have excessive worry, tension, fearfulness, or uncertainty.  The anxiety causes significant distress or impairment in their ability to function in some area of their lives.  Anxiety disorders often occur with other physical or mental disorders.  Some people with anxiety experience panic attacks.  A panic attack is a period of intense fear or discomfort without real danger.  There are many other symptoms that can occur when someone experiences a panic attack.

The following are anxiety disorders:
• Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
• Social Phobia
• Obsessive-compulsive Disorder (OCD)
• Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
• Panic disorder
• Specific phobias
• Agoraphobia

For more information please consult the following websites:

Treatments available:

Individual Psychological Interventions – Individual therapy with a male or female clinician is available.  For many individuals, therapy can be completed in the Primary Mental Health Clinic (PMHC).  If needed, referrals to for additional services can be made by our PMHC providers.

Couples or Family Therapy – Therapists are available to help couples and families.

Group Therapy – Many groups are available at the White River Junction VA.  There are open groups, which are available to all veterans and do not require a referral to attend.  There are also closed groups which require a referral to attend. 

Medications – Medications are often helpful in helping people reduce or cope with their anxiety.