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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


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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.