The dreaded panic attack. Your heart is pounding out of your chest. You can’t catch your breath. You feel like you might pass out or have a fatal heart attack. You begin to sweat. Your body shakes. Your fear is palpable. You’re not sure what to do. Are you dying? You’re afraid of what others will think. But you need their help. You feel like you have lost control. You are terrified.
Nobody wants to experience this. And when panic comes out of the blue, you begin to fear another one will strike at any time. Maybe in the same place you had the first one, maybe anywhere. So you begin the vicious cycle of fear and avoidance. Fear of the next panic attack. Avoidance of situations that might trigger one.
Fortunately, panic attacks are not life threatening situations. You are not in physical danger and it is not a medical emergency. It just feels like it.
You can overcome panic attacks with treatment strategies that focus on eliminating your fear of fear. Changing the way you react to anxiety and panic is the beginning of your recovery. Sometimes panic attacks are linked to phobias. In that case a desensitization and exposure strategy would be helpful.
Panic tries to trick people into becoming a prisoner in their own life. Fortunately, you can outsmart your panic and empower yourself to address your fears. With a step-by-step panic treatment, you can beat this problem. Contact me if you would like to explore your options for overcoming the panic in your life.