Panic Attack Disorder Therapy – Counselors and Coaches in Lowell
Panic attacks are periods of intense fear and a sense of an impending disaster. What makes them especially difficult to handle is that they can appear at almost any time, with little or no warning. They are usually accompanied by:
- heart palpitations
- chest pains
- shortness of breath
- nausea or feeling of “butterflies” in the stomach
- chills or heat sensations
- muscle spasms or contractions in the hands and feet
Cognitive and Emotional Symptoms
- sense of terror, doom or dread fear of going crazy or dying
The attack comes “out of the blue,” and usually lasts less than one hour. Experience has shown however, that this condition can be successfully treated, with panic attack counseling and panic disorder therapy.
According to the Diagnostical and Statistical Manual, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), panic disorder if diagnosed if:
- the individual experiences recurrent panic attacks (at least four in a one month period)
- one or more of the attacks is accompanied by constant worrying about additional attacks and the effects they may have and/or major change in behavioral patterns as a result of the attacks
In addition, in order for a diagnosis of panic disorder to be made, it must be confirmed that the attacks did not occur as a result of physiological effects of some substance or some other general medical condition.
Panic disorder is a chronic, condition that can impact significantly various aspects of a person’s life, including self-confidence, as well as work, family and social life. The sufferers often begin to avoid many situations or activities, for fear of experiencing further attacks. This anxiety concerning further attacks can be almost as damaging as the attack itself. Because of its intensity, it may serve as a trigger for another attack. If left untreated, panic disorder can become a serious hindrance to a sufferer’s day-to-day functioning.
Panic attack counseling and therapy for panic disorder can teach you how to control your anxiety, stop worrisome thoughts, and conquer your fears. A qualified counselor or therapist can help you to understand your condition, teach you various useful skills and techniques to ease the symptoms (such as breathing exercises and progressive muscle relaxation) and finally help you to understand that a panic attack is only a misinterpretation of body sensations and that the danger is not as extreme as is perceived.
If you are interested in treatment for panic attacks or panic disorder in Lowell, we encourage you to contact our office for further information. Our qualified counselors and therapists are at your disposal!