Panic Attack Management : Future Focus Counselling & Consulting

Common Sources

  • Genetic predisposition to anxiety disorders
  • Major stress or significant life changes
  • Traumatic events or accumulated stress and anxiety
  • Medical conditions or medication side effects
  • Substance abuse or withdrawal

Signs of Panic Attacks

  • Sudden and overwhelming fear or sense of doom
  • Rapid heartbeat, chest pain, or shortness of breath
  • Sweating, trembling, or shaking
  • Feelings of detachment or unreality
  • Nausea, dizziness, or lightheadedness

Therapeutic Approach

Therapy for panic attacks typically involves several approaches. Mindfulness and relaxation techniques can be very effective in managing the immediate physical symptoms of a panic attack. This includes deep breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, and guided imagery. Psychoeducation about panic attacks and their nature is also an essential component. Talk therapy, particularly exploring underlying emotional and psychological issues, can provide insight and strategies for long-term management. Learning and practicing grounding techniques can help regain a sense of control during a panic attack. The goal is to empower individuals with the skills and knowledge to manage and reduce the frequency and intensity of panic attacks, enhancing their overall sense of well-being and ability to cope with stress.

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