Panic attacks are a sudden rush of intense overwhelming fear that can be (but is not always) triggered by a specific situation. When we have a panic attack, we experience intense physiological sensations such as racing heart, shakiness, sweat or chills, difficulty to breathe, chest pain, upset stomach, dizziness, or numbness. At the same time, we can feel as if we are detached from ourselves, fear that we might die or that we might lose control of our minds.
The body sensations are usually very intense and are not related to any physical condition (e.g., heart attack).
While some panic attacks can be triggered by situations or place, some can come out of the blue and for no specific reasons. As such, we might avoid places or activities because of the embarrassment of having a panic attack in public. The fear of having a panic attack can prevent us from going to places where we might not be able to escape because we fear that a panic attack may happen. Often, people may start to avoid public transportations, elevators, theatres, stores, or even being alone outside of our homes.
Needless to say, panic attacks can have significant consequences on our quality of life. We might have difficulties leaving our homes or engaging in daily life activities, and we might sometimes feel isolated from the rest of the world.
There are many evidence-based techniques that will help reduce the occurrence and severity of panic attacks and increase your sense of feeling more in control of panic and anxiety.
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Panic tends to respond very well to treatment and I would be very happy to assist you!