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What is Panic attack disorder therapy?

Panic attack disorder therapy is a specialized therapeutic approach designed to help individuals suffering from recurrent and debilitating panic attacks. During therapy sessions, individuals work closely with trained Thriveworks Franklin therapists to identify and understand the triggers and thought patterns that contribute to their panic attacks. Through panic attack disorder therapy, individuals learn to manage their anxiety, develop coping strategies, and regain control over their lives, ultimately leading to a reduction in the severity of panic attacks.

How does Panic attack disorder therapy work?

Panic attack disorder therapy often utilizes cognitive-behavioral techniques like exposure therapy and relaxation exercises to help individuals manage and mitigate panic attacks. These methods involve desensitizing triggers, reducing physical and emotional symptoms, and challenging irrational thought patterns to empower individuals to recognize, control, and reduce the frequency and intensity of panic attacks.

Is Panic attack disorder therapy conducted in person or online?

Panic attack disorder therapy at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and through Online therapy. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.,Panic attack disorder therapy may last for a variable amount of time

How long does Panic attack disorder therapy last?

depending on the individual's unique needs

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A middle-aged man is at work and experiencing the normal amount of stress of a typical day. His boss comes to give him a new assignment. As soon as the boss leaves, the man’s heart begins to pound excessively. His breathing increases dramatically. He needs fresh air and goes for a walk only finding that he has little or no control over these symptoms. This increases his anxiety all the more which increases the severity of these symptoms.

A young lady is driving in her car to work. She usually leaves home early to avoid traffic. However, on this particular occasion she found it harder getting out of the house and now she is on the interstate at the heart of rush hour. As cars cut in front of her and she sees other cars closing in on her bumper, she begins to sweat. There’s a tightness in her chest, her hands feel numb and she is having difficulty both breathing and focusing. It gets so bad she pulls over to the side of the shoulder of the road because she can no longer drive safely.

People who have experienced panic attacks are very familiar with these symptoms. They may also find that these triggers are similar to the stressful situations that serve as “setting events” to these attacks. People suffering from panic attacks also tend to experience confusion, embarrassment and a feeling of dread regarding their future. Many panic attacks are so severe that people experiencing them often believe that they are having a heart attack, stroke or, even, dying. Many times, people with these symptoms will visit an emergency room with these symptoms only to be told, after testing, that there is no medical cause of their symptoms. They are then referred to a behavioral health professional such as those at Thriveworks Franklin.

Prevalence of Panic Attacks

Reports from a study conducted in Europe state that approximately 3% of that population has at least one panic attack in any given year. Similar studies in the United States report that panic attacks affect about 11% of the population. Studies also report that, while these attacks are more common in females than males, they still occur in both genders. A panic disorder as a life-long condition is estimated in 2% to 6% of Americans. Of these cases, about 45% are diagnosed as “severe”. Panic disorder often coexists with mood disorders such as depression and anxiety. A diagnosis of a mood disorder often follows the onset of panic attacks. A number of studies using identical twins as subjects have found that when one twin has an anxiety disorder, there is a 31% to 88% incidence of that disorder with the other twin.

Signs and Symptoms of Panic Attacks

People suffering from a panic attack may experience an array of symptoms that may include:

  • Tightness in the chest with possible heart palpitations;
  • Flashing vision;
  • Feeling faint, dizzy with possible vertigo;
  • Numbness or tingling sensations at various parts of the body;
  • Trembling;
  • Dizziness with possible vertigo;
  • Feeling nauseated;
  • Heavy breathing and possibly hyperventilation;
  • Excessive sweating;
  • Lack of coordination or body control;
  • An urge to escape or flee the present location; and
  • Tunnel vision mostly due to blood flow leaving the head to other parts of the body.

Causes of Panic Attacks

Although panic attacks can occur at any age, their onset is most likely to occur in early adulthood. It is also more likely to occur with individuals of above average intelligence. Other factors influencing the occurrence of a panic disorder include:

  • A hyper-awareness of possible environmental hazards;
  • Cumulative stress experienced over time;
  • Biological diseases or syndromes;
  • Excessive use of drugs;
  • Pre-existing phobias;
  • Significant loss or sudden life change;
  • Association of certain places or events with past traumas

How to Get Help

The clinicians at Thriveworks Franklin are trained professionals who can help the individual suffering from panic attacks to manage their anxiety and work to prevent panic attacks. The counselors and therapists at Thriveworks Franklin understand the desperation one feels from the embarrassment and helplessness often associated with these attacks. Panic attacks can affect your relationships, your work, and your social life. For this reason, Thriveworks does not have waiting lists. Appointments are often available within 24 hours for new clients. So, call Thriveworks Franklin at 617-360-7210 today. Don’t suffer in silence any longer.


American Psychiatric Association (2013), Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th ed.), Arlington: American Psychiatric Publishing, pp. 214–217, 938,

Bourne, E. (2005). The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook, 4th Edition: New Harbinger Press

Kessler, R.C., Chiu, W.T, Jin, R., Meron-Ruscio, A., Shear, K. and Walters, E.E. The epidemiology of panic attacks, panic disorder, and agoraphobia in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2006 Apr; 63(4): 415–424.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
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Our Massachusetts therapists and counselors accept 31 insurance plans

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  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS

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  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

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  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

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Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Franklin is located in the same building as Sancturary Salon & Day Spa, Xpression Prints, Allevato Architects, Sunrise Montessori School, Berry Insurance, and Opal Beauty Lounge, as well as many other businesses. We are not far from the intersection of Hayward Street and W Central Street, near this intersection is Patti Eisenhauer Dance Center, Timeless Crossfit and Fitness, Furniture Clinic and Preferred Pump & Equipment.

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