Panic Attack Therapy, Wheat Ridge, CO
Panic attacks can just seem to come out of the blue, for no apparent reason. You may think, Why is this happening? What are people going to think of me? From that point forward you may live in fear that it will happen again, without warning. Many times you may limit activities because you fear a panic attack will happen and you want to spare yourself the pain and embarrassment.
What is a Panic Attack or Panic Disorder?
A panic episode usually begins abruptly, without warning, and peaks in about 10 minutes. It can last anywhere from a few minutes to a half hour or longer. Panic attacks and panic disorder can be extremely disabling conditions for the people who suffer from them. Sometimes they can lead to avoidance of any activity or environment that has been associated with feelings of panic in the past. This can in turn lead to more severe and disabling disorders such as agoraphobia.
If you have sudden and repeated attacks of fear that last for several minutes or longer you may be experiencing a panic attack or panic disorder. Panic attack is characterized by an overwhelming fear of disaster or feeling of losing control, even though there is no real danger. You may also have some strong physical reactions during a panic attack. It may feel the same as fight or flight symptoms or like having a heart attack. Panic attack can occur at any time, and many people with panic disorder worry about and dread the possibility of having another attack.
When you have a panic disorder or panic attack you may become discouraged and embarrassed because you cannot carry out normal routines like going to school or work, going to the grocery store, or driving without the fear of having a panic attack.
- Panic disorder often begins in the late teens or early adulthood.
- More women than men have panic disorder.
- Not everyone who experiences panic attacks will develop panic disorder.
What Causes Panic Attack or Panic Disorder?
- Panic disorder sometimes runs in families, but no one knows for sure why some family members have it while others don’t.
- Researchers have found that several parts of the brain, as well as, biological processes, play a key role in fear and anxiety.
- Some researchers think that people with panic disorder misinterpret harmless bodily sensations as threats.
- By learning more about how the brain and body functions with panic disorder, scientists may be able to create better treatments.
- Researchers are also looking for ways in which stress and environmental factors may play a role.
What are the Symptoms of Panic Attack or Panic Disorder?
- Sudden and overwhelming feelings of intense anxiety and fear
- A feeling out of being out of control, or a feeling of impending doom
Physical Symptoms During a Panic Attack or Panic Disorder
- Pounding heart
- Unable to catch your breath
- Breathing problems
- Weakness, dizziness, or feeling lightheaded
- Tingly or numb hands
- Chest pain, tight chest
- Stomach pain
- Tunnel vision
- Racing thoughts
- Unable to focus
- Intense worry about when the next panic attack will happen
- Fear or avoidance of places where panic attacks have occurred in the past
What is Happening in the Body when Panic Attack Happens?
You may feel like you are out-of-control.
Here’s what’s happening:
Panic Attack happens when the mind perceives a threat even though there is no real threat.
The Fight or Flight Response is the reaction that takes place when you perceive a threat.
This diagram shows the changes in the body that take place as you respond to the perception of a threat (the fight or flight response).
The purpose of the body responding in this manner is to make you stronger and more alert in threatening situations. You may find it helpful to understand the cause for your symptoms:
How is Panic Attack or Panic Disorder Treated?
First, talk to your doctor about your symptoms. Your doctor should do an exam and ask you about your health history to make sure that an unrelated physical problem is not causing your symptoms. Your doctor may refer to you a mental health specialist, such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, or mental health counselor.
Panic disorder may be treated with psychotherapy, medication, or both.
Rapid Resolution Therapy
Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT) is effective in eliminating panic attacks in most individuals. RRT is a brief therapy that takes place in 2 to 6 sessions and is gentle and healing. I am a Certified RRT Therapist and I will lead you through the process. You don’t have to live with panic attacks. Rapid Resolution can help you get your life back. See Rapid Resolution
Things you can do:
A healthy lifestyle can also help combat panic disorder.
- Sleep is especially important
- Exercise has proven to be especially helpful
- Eating a healthy diet
- A support system of family and friends
- See a mental health counselor for help
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