A panic attack is a sudden surge of overwhelming anxiety and fear. Your heart pounds and you cannot breathe. You may feel dizzy and sick to your stomach. You may even feel like you are dying or going crazy. Without treatment, panic attacks may lead to a more pervasive panic disorder. They may even cause you to withdraw from normal familial, social and occupational activities. Panic attacks can occur unexpectedly as a one-time occurrence or in repetitive episodes.
Panic attack symptoms include:
- Intense fear and/or discomfort
- Pounding heart
- Choking sensations
- Fear of losing control
- Shortness of breath
- Abdominal distress
By working with one of our professional therapists you can learn to understand the thinking patterns and behaviors that are sustaining or triggering your panic attacks. You can also learn to look at your fears in more reasonable ways and learn effective ways to cope with them.