Panic Attacks involve sudden periods of intense anxiety, fear, or discomfort. These attacks can last for varying amounts of time, though they are usually at their worst after about 10 minutes. Panic Attacks may be part of Panic Disorder.
Symptoms of a panic attack can include:
- Racing or pounding heart
- Trembling or shaking
- Shortness of breath
- Feelings of choking
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Feeling nauseous or sick to the stomach
- Feeling dizzy, lightheaded, or faint
- Having chills or hot flashes
- Feelings of numbness or tingling
- Feeling as though one is detached from themselves
- Fear of losing control or going crazy
- Fear of dying
Panic attacks can occur in response to everyday stressors, such as receiving bad news. They may also be a part of other disorders such as Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. In any case, Panic Attacks can cause significant distress and negatively affect people’s ability to function effectively.
If you or someone you know has some or all of these symptoms, it may be due to Panic Attacks.
Psychologists at EBT3 are trained in using psychological assessment tools to find out whether this is the case. They are also experienced at treating Panic Attacks and the related symptoms using approaches that have been proven to be effective, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
For more information about Panic Attacks, or to find an experienced psychologist, please contact us.