It feels like out of no where that your mind started racing out of control, you feel like you can’t breathe, and your heart is pumping so fast you think it’s going to explode. All of the sudden you just want to leave where you are immediately and get somewhere you feel safe. You look around and start to wonder if other people around you can tell that you are having a panic attack. You might even worry that you are going crazy or that you are going to die. Have you ever experienced something like what I just described? Then you might be one of the millions of people on this planet that suffer from panic attacks.

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What are Panic Attacks?

Many people who suffer from anxiety have had the terrifying experience of having a panic attack. A panic attack feels like a sudden wave of fear, extreme discomfort, or intense anxiety that can last minutes or even hours. A panic attack has a beginning, an end, with a horrible peak and surge in the middle. When you experience a panic attack you might feel a few of these symptoms below all at once:

  • Heart palpitations or your heart feels as if it is racing
  • Sweating
  • Feeling shaky or having tremors
  • Having difficulty breathing, or feeling you are being smothered or choked
  • Pain or discomfort in your chest
  • Nausea, diarrhea, or stomach discomfort
  • Feeling dizzy, lightheaded, or even like you are going to pass out
  • Getting chills or flashes of heat
  • Numbness or tingling sensations
  • Derealization (feelings of unreality) or depersonalization (feeling detached from yourself)
  • Having an intense fear of losing control, going crazy, or dying

Panic attacks can feel so overwhelming to some people that they end up avoiding doing activities or going to places that they associate their panic attacks with. For example, a person that experiences a panic attack while driving on the highway becomes so worried about it happening again that they end up avoiding driving on highways completely. Another example can be a teen that experiences a panic attack at school while taking a test and starts calling out sick and missing school for fear of having another panic attack. Have you ever avoided going to a place or doing something because you were afraid of having another panic attack?

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Learn How to Break the Panic Attack Cycle

The good news is that panic attacks can be defeated! I specialize in using a research and evidence based approach called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. It is has been scientifically proven through numerous studies to be highly effective in treating panic attacks. In counseling I will teach you practical techniques to stop engaging in the negative and self defeating thinking patterns that cause your panic attacks. I will also give you the tools you need so that you can learn how to be more calm and get your body to relax to prevent a panic attack from even starting.

Imagine How Good It Will Feel When…

  • You stop avoiding places in which you previously had panic attacks at and are free to go anywhere you want
  • You stop worrying about when your next panic attack will happen
  • You stop worrying that your panic attacks are a signal that there is something else wrong with your health
  • You stop having panic attacks completely and they are a thing of the past
  • You have back control of your life

If you are ready to learn the techniques that will help you stop having panic attacks please contact me to schedule an appointment and let’s get started!