Option 2: Panic disorder – Week 2
Deanna is a 52-year-old African American married female. She was driving home from work one day when she all of a sudden high tightness in her chest and had a hard time breathing. She thought that she was going to die. Fearing she might be having a heart attack, she pulled into the next parking lot and called an ambulance that took her to the ER. She explained to the doctors that she started feeling dizzy, then had tightness in her chest and hard a hard time breathing, and her heart was pounding fast in her chest. The doctors checked her out and stated she was fine and sent her home. After that, Deanna started to have more attacks like this, even when she was not driving. She started to worry about when the next one would come. She started to avoid driving, fearing that she might cause an accident when one of the attacks comes back and would have her husband drive her where she needed to go.

In your initial post,

First, choose one of the options and describe the patient’s symptoms and the available demographic and historical data.
Based on the scenario you chose, evaluate how the intensity, duration, and focus support the identified diagnosis. (Support your discussion with citations outlined in the University of Arizona Global Campus Writing Center’s  resource.)

List all references used at the end of your discussion according to 

Discuss the available treatments for this patient.
Discuss the implications of a therapist who actively encourages a patient to take medication that has been shown to be effective when the patient has strong objections to the use of a pharmacological approach to treatment.
Develop at least three recommendations for the patient/family for ongoing functioning (social, occupational, and academic, if applicable), associated with the scenario you chose.
Finally, analyze the differences between both scenarios: Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder? Do the recommendations differ?

Access the  and search it to support your suggestions. (Be sure to cite.)

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