Panic Attacks

calming someone in panic

Simply reading the definition of a panic attack and its associated symptoms, as given in the next paragraph, makes it clear why panic attacks are difficult to bear. They are are frightening due to their intensity and, sometimes, their unpredictability. Certainly they are never convenient, and most people who have experienced them dread them. Many avoid the circumstances where they have occurred, but sometimes these situations have to be endured anyway, for practical reasons or out of pure determination.

The American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic Manual (2013) defines a panic attack as "an an abrupt surge of intense fear or intense discomfort that reaches a peak within minutes." During these minutes several of the following physical symptoms can occur: pounding heart, sweating, trembling, shortness of breath, choking, chest pain, nausea, dizziness, chills or hot flashes, and numbness or tingling. In addition, there may be psychological symptoms of feelings of unreality or detachment, fear of lose of control, and fear of dying.

These very unpleasant, intense symptoms can arise from a calm or an anxious state. They can accompany a variety of conditions, both psychological and medical. Psychological interventions can be very helpful in their treatment, especially when they are accompanied by depression , anxiety , and stress . If you are having panic attacks, I would be pleased to try to help.

If you are struggling with panic attacks, I would be glad for you to Contact Me for help.

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