What causes feelings of panic?
Your mind catastrophises the outcome of these feelings and so the vicious circle of anxiety and panic continue.
Signs of a panic attack
What feels like an irregular or racing heartbeat (palpitations)
Shortness of breath (hyperventilation)
Some people think they are having a heart attack because it feels like their heart is beating fast or irregularly, or even that they are going to die.
Panic attacks usually last somewhere from 5 to 20 minutes. Although it may feel like something is seriously wrong, they aren't dangerous and shouldn't harm you.
A panic attack is a rush of intense anxiety and physical symptoms.
They can be frightening and happen suddenly, often for no clear reason.
You may experience:
The physical symptoms of a panic attack are caused by your body going into "fight or flight" mode.
However, it's important to be aware that symptoms such as a racing heartbeat and shortness of breath won't result in you having a heart attack.
Most panic attacks last for five to 20 minutes. Some attacks have been reported to have lasted up to an hour. However, it's likely that in these cases one attack occurred straight after another or high levels of anxiety were felt after the first attack.
Although panic attacks can often be frightening, they don't cause any physical harm. People who have had panic disorder for some time usually learn to recognise this 'heart attack sensation' and become more aware of how to control their symptoms.
For this reason, people with panic disorder start to fear the next attack, which creates a cycle of living in ‘fear of fear’ and adds to the sense of panic.
Sometimes, the symptoms of a panic attack can be so intense they can make you feel like you're having a heart attack.
As your body tries to take in more oxygen, your breathing quickens. Your body also releases hormones, such as adrenaline, causing your heart to beat faster and your muscles to tense up.
Hertfordshire Wellbeing Centre
If you suffer with panic attacks and would like to contact me, I would be delighted to discuss how I can help you and to explore the issues you want to work with. You can contact me anytime on 07584 492254.
As an experienced and professional therapist using skills of counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness, I combine these various therapeutic approaches and at the same time utilising your resources to work in the most efficient way possible.
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This will help to diminish the unwanted symptoms you experience. I can help you establish highly effective and successful strategies that you are able to use easily, to be free from the negative ways you currently respond to your thoughts, feelings and emotions.
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We use 3 therapies to create effective relief from panic attacks. These are counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness approaches.
How does CBT for panic attacks work?
Our CBT sessions for panic attacks work to identify and challenge worries, fears and any negative thinking patterns of behaviour which exasperate the feelings of panic you experience. By becoming aware of these thoughts, you are in a better position to manage how you respond to panic provoking situations.
Mindfulness to manage the feelings associated with panic attacks
Our mindfulness sessions to work on managing the symptoms of panic attacks work very effectively when combined with CBT. Our experience shows that people struggle with the feelings that panic produces.
We work on helping people to stop hiding behind the symptoms of panic, fear and anxiety. Mindfulness works by helping the sufferer to create a relaxed and settled frame of mind.
Panic attacks are completely treatable. Our approach to therapy will help you manage the triggers and symptoms of your feelings of anxiety, fear and panic in achievable steps. With each successful step, you will develop the confidence to move forward.
Panic attack counselling
Our counselling sessions for panic attacks. The early stages of counselling for panic attacks aim to help you talk about the fear and panic you experience. This stage will help you to make sense of the feelings you experience and will help you establish the triggers to your feelings of panic.
We teach people how to 'front' the symptoms rather than running away from them. With continued exposure practice, sufferers of panic attacks learn to manage the feelings they experience in a more positive way