Could I have Panic Disorder? If you have had recurring panic attacks, and for 1 month have been worried about more panic attacks, and/or you are avoiding situations where a panic attack may occur, you may have Panic Disorder.
What is a Panic Attack? A rush of intense fear and uncomfortable physical sensations, including 4 of the following:
- Pounding heart
- Shortness of breath
- Muscles shaking
- Chest tight or painful
- Light Headedness
- Numbness or tingling
- Hot Flashes
- Fear of dying
- Fear of going crazy or losing control
If this has been happening to you, know that I understand how incredibly frightening the experience can be! A vicious cycle takes place of panic attacks, and then fear of another attack, which leads you to avoid going shopping, to a restaurant, driving long distances, etc.
The good news is that Panic Disorder is very treatable! I use a comprehensive plan of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which includes behavioral coping skills as well as working with thoughts and beliefs which maintain the panic cycle.
First Steps- If you suspect you have Panic Disorder:
- Get a complete check-up from your primary doctor to first rule out any physical conditions.
- Call me for a free 15 minute phone consult to learn about the treatment plan for Panic Disorder.
- Begin therapy and start to heal from Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder!