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Raleigh, NC Panic Attack Disorder Counseling—Wake County Counselors for Anxiety

A panic attack is a sudden feeling of intense discomfort and psychological pain that often incorporates a fear of impending doom – you might feel that you are about to lose control, lose your senses or even die. Although the attack peaks within minutes, it feels like eternity. If it happens frequently, it can indicate a panic disorder. However, therapeutic treatment of panic disorder is usually highly effective, and our Thriveworks Raleigh Panic Attack Disorder Counseling provides help in that regard.

During a panic attack, besides psychological symptoms described above, some or all of the following symptoms might occur:

  • Accelerated or irregular heart rate
  • Trembling, shaking
  • Sensations of breath shortness or smothering
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Nausea, abdominal distress
  • Feeling dizzy, lightheaded, or faint
  • Chills or heat sensations
  • Paresthesia (“tingling” sensation in legs, arms, feet, etc.)

People usually manifest a combination of these symptoms, but it doesn’t have to be the same one every time. Although the exact causes of panic attacks or panic disorder remain unclear, some of them might be connected with family history, major transitions in life and severely stressful situations.

According to the DSM 5, a panic disorder develops when, along with recurrent, unexpected panic attacks, there is constant worry about new attacks and their consequences and/or significant changes in one’s behavior regarding panic attacks. For example, you might feel as if your home is the only “safe zone” or you might ask your family and friends to be with you at all times.

This can lead to social isolation and withdrawal, obstacles to social activities and reduced pleasure in common, everyday interactions, as well as impaired emotional stability and overall mental health.

If you are looking for treatment options in Raleigh, NC whether it’s counseling for panic attacks or panic disorder therapy, our qualified counselors, psychologists, and therapists can:

  • help you understand your condition and its causes
  • teach you how to prepare for the situations and symptoms that trigger a panic attack
  • teach you special techniques for controlling your condition (such as progressive relaxation and special breathing techniques)
  • help you change your perception of “threatening” situations and symptoms in order to overcome your fears

Our Raleigh, NC office in Wake County is at your disposal – contact us and we’ll be more than happy to provide you with more information or schedule a session.

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