Do you ever have the feeling of uncontrollable panic? Are you looking for ways to manage episodes of intense panic so you can cope better and enjoy your work and relationships?
Feelings of extreme panic can be very distressing and debilitating. Many individuals who experience a panic attack are fearful of experiencing another one owing to the intensity of the accompanying physical sensations.
Panic disorder involves the experience of panic attacks followed by ongoing fears of experiencing further panic attack episodes. Panic attacks can trigger very intense physical symptoms and individuals often believe they are having a cardiac event. As such the psychological distress associated with a panic attack is often intense.
A panic attack may generate the following physical symptoms:
- Racing heart
- Shaking or tremoring
- Feeling short of breath leading to rapid shallow breathing
- Chest discomfort
- Change in sensations (numbness, tingles)
- Fear of losing control
- Afraid you are dying
Panic occurs when your physical state stops you from dealing with a situation. The overwhelming anxiety at a psychological and physiological level stops the part of our brain responsible for logic, reasoning and problem solving from functioning. Feelings of panic can be a reaction to a specific situation… it can be brought on by a sudden emotional feeling… it can be triggered by thoughts. The key is to identify the source of your panic attacks and address it.
Treatment for panic disorder is collaborative between the client and practitioner. It may involve a combination of talking therapy (counselling or psychotherapy) and medication. There is no psychological therapy that is specifically more effective than another in effective treatment of panic disorder although some research has indicated that interventions including CBT (Andrews et al 2018), and psychodynamic psychotherapy may provide assistance.
Treatment may involve talking through the difficulties you are having and developing skills to better manage the physiological components of panic disorder such as deep breathing and relaxation and also exploring the specific factors triggering panic with each individual.
While medication may be an important part of treating panic disorder effectively in certain circumstances, we encourage you to seek advice from your GP or psychiatrist about this as we are not able to prescribe or advise on medication.
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We can achieve this through online therapy (counselling, psychotherapy or mindfulness therapy).
If you want to take steps right now you may find this ‘Stop Panic Attacks’ Hypnosis download to be of some help with your panic attacks.
This information is informative only and is not to be used for diagnosis or substitution of appropriate assessment and/or treatment by a registered practitioner.
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