Natalie Kohlhaas MA LPC NCC CPCS  IMHCounseling

Panic Attacks

 

Panic disorder is different from the normal fear and anxiety reactions to stressful events. Panic disorder is a serious condition that strikes without reason or warning. Symptoms of panic disorder include sudden attacks of fear and nervousness, as well as physical symptoms such as sweating and a racing heart. During a panic attack, the fear response is out of proportion for the situation, which often is not threatening. Over time, a person with panic disorder develops a constant fear of having another panic attack, which can affect daily functioning and general quality of life.The most effective way to overcome issues with panic is with the help of an experienced and professional anxiety therapist or counselor.

 

 

 

Treatment modalities with a high sucess rate for Panic Attacks:

 

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) – identifying and successfully addressing the unhealthy behaviors that cause anxiety. CBT also teaches healthy coping skills, recovery tools, and strategies for lasting success, such as containment and fear extinction.

 

Behavior Modification – modifying behavior to decrease anxious behavior and increase a focus on the joys and pleasures in life.

 

Mindfulness Training - learning "in the moment" techniques that enhance peace and calm, which can reduce and prevent apprehensiveness.

 

Interoceptive Therapy – understanding and becoming in charge of your emotions. Interoceptives teach you what emotions are associated with body symptoms. Learning how to acknowledge and accept emotions, while reframing unhealthy thoughts, provides a way for personal acceptance and control for these symptoms. 

 

Exposure Therapy – helps you approach trauma-related thoughts, feelings, and situations that you have been avoiding due to the distress they cause in a safe controled manner.

 

Hypnotherapy - an altered state of awareness, perception or consciousness that is used, by licensed and trained doctors or masters prepared individuals, for treating psychological or physical problems in a highly relaxed state.