When Panic Attacks: Drug-free therapy to get you back to living life!Posted: May 14, 2014
CBT for Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder
“I was walking through the grocery store, when I suddenly began to feel like everything was closing in on me. My heart started racing, and I felt like I was going to fall off the face of the earth. I just had to get away. I left my cart behind and ran out to my car, where I laid down on the seat until the feeling passed. Since then, I’ve avoided the grocery store and other crowded public places. I just want to keep this from happening again.”
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This description of a panic attack is a reality for one out of every 58 adult Americans in any given year. Yet few people realize that this condition is so common. 15% of all Americans will experience a panic attack at some point between the ages of 18 to 54. For many, that first attack will go on to have an impact on quality of life, though that doesn’t have to be the case if you are proactive and seek early intervention from a therapist trained in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
What is a panic attack?
A panic attack is a short but intense feeling that overwhelms you with anxiety or dread. Symptoms that accompany the attack include blurred vision, shortness of breath, and/or dizziness. You may experience the urge to flee. You may even feel like you are dying or incredibly ill. The symptoms often mimic medical problems such as a heart attack or a stroke.
Where do panic attacks occur?
They can happen almost anywhere. For some people, a crowded place triggers the reaction. For others, driving on the freeway may trigger an attack. Exercising may be one person’s trigger and social situations may be another’s.
Yet, as varied as these sources may be, CBT offers a time-limited, highly effective approach to breaking the grip of panic over your life no matter what triggers your attacks.
What about panic disorder?
That first panic attack often leads to a heightened sensitivity to triggers. The fear of another episode may lead to more panic attacks. A serious and distressing condition, panic disorder may grip the sufferer. The 2.7% of Americans who develop panic disorder live life in a cycle of avoiding any situation that might lead to an attack. This leads to a life where activities are severely restricted. Self-worth spirals downward. The space that feels safe constricts.
How can Cognitive Behavioral Therapy help?
Seeing a CBT-trained therapist after an initial panic attack can be extremely helpful. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) works by helping you identify the situations and bodily sensations surrounding your panic attacks. Your therapist helps you cut through the fog you feel as one of these attacks starts to sweep over you. The therapist helps demystify what is happening.
CBT helps even those with entrenched panic disorder regain a normal life. A skilled CBT therapist will coach you through a series of exercises that actually help you understand and develop tolerance to the sensations that have been leading to your panic attacks. Your therapist will help you map a plan that claims a renewed life—enabling you to re-enter situations that you have been avoiding.
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