A panic attack can usually last for only a few minutes, during which you feel overwhelmingly anxious, and terrified that something bad is happening to you.
Do you suddenly feel or notice any of the following?:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pains
- Heart palpitations
Or, do you notice that you have stopped doing things because of the above feelings?
You will usually try to get out of the situation that has brought it on. These feelings reach a peak and then pass off rapidly, leaving you feeling weak and exhausted.
Although these attacks are very alarming, they do stop on their own and cannot harm you physically.
You may experience a range of symptoms such as a shortness of breath, heart palpitations, trembling, feeling as though you are choking and sweating.
A panic disorder may be diagnosed when a number of panic attacks have been experienced and at least one of these has been followed by a persistent worry that you may have another.
A diagnosis of panic disorder is only made after any possible medical causes have been ruled out.
My therapist identified triggers that set off the panic. She identified unhealthy rules I was living by and encouraged me to adopt new healthy rules and know the triggers. She encouraged me to challenge my upsetting thoughts.
Having been referred to Talking Changes for therapy after years of suffering with panic attacks, my therapist has been very understanding, helpful and most of all committed to helping me to overcome my difficulties with anxiety. I would recommend anyone who is in a similar situation to access therapy sooner rather than later.