Panic attacks are intense and can be quite scary when you don’t know what they are or how to treat them. When one has panic attacks, they may meet criteria for having a Panic Disorder, which occurs in roughly 3% of adults in the United States.
A panic attack is a sudden fear or extreme discomfort that intensifies significantly very quickly with a number of symptoms, such as increased heart rate, shaking or trembling, shortness of breath, fear of losing control or “going crazy, abnormal sweating, feeling of choking, abdominal pain, dizziness, numbness or tingling, and fear of death. There typically is an ongoing fear of having more panic attacks and/or their consequences (e.g., having a heart attack).
Fortunately, psychotherapy is extremely effective, particularly when Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is used by an expert therapist. Many therapist are unfamiliar (or uncomfortable) treating panic attacks; however, this is an area of specialty for Ross. If you are interested in receiving CBT for for panic attacks, there is no need to continue the suffering. You can get help now!