Panic Attack Disorder Therapy – Counselors and Therapists in Andover
Panic attacks or panic disorder can be very disabling for a person experiencing them. Symptoms are usually quite frightening, especially when they appear without any warning. Unfortunately, Panic Disorder frequently remains undiagnosed and, therefore, untreated. On the other hand, panic attack counseling as well as panic disorder therapy are empirically proven to be successful.
The most common symptoms of a panic attack are:
- accelerated heart rate
- breathing difficulties, including rapid breathing
- chest pain
- tightness in the throat area, and swallowing difficulties
- trembling and shaking
- hot or cold flashes
- nausea and cramps
- intense fear (general fear, fear of going insane, fear of dying)
- a sense of unreality
- feeling completely out of control
According to the Diagnostical and Statistical Manual, Fifth edition (American Psychiatric Association, 2013) panic disorder is defined as an anxiety disorder where individuals experience:
- recurrent panic attacks
- accompanied by worrying about experiencing another attack and/or significant maladaptive behavioral changes
Individuals stricken with panic attacks or a panic disorder may experience numerous serious and detrimental long-term effects and consequences:
- avoidance of numerous situations in which they believe another panic attack can occur, which can lead to withdrawal from almost all social activities
- deterioration of relationships with friends and family
- decrease in productivity at work or even inability to work at all
- sleep disorders
- eating disorders
Yet panic attacks and panic disorder are treatable. Recovering from panic disorder however, is difficult, if not impossible, without outside help.
Counseling for panic attacks and panic disorder therapy can help you understand these conditions and their causes, ease the severity of their symptoms and reduce frequency of attacks. With new understanding of the causes and origin of these attacks, you will be able to start your journey towards increased mental control when faced with these difficult situations. With increased control, you will be able to identify the root problem of the condition, and finally conquer your fears.