Panic disorder is a fairly common condition in which a person has uncomfortable episodes of fear or anxiety that occur suddenly (often without warning). The attacks—called panic attacks—can last from minutes to hours. They may occur only seldom, or quite frequently. The cause, or "trigger," for these attacks may not be obvious right away. To treat panic attacks in Edmonton, choose Gary J. Meiers, Ph.D., Jo Ann Hammond-Meiers, Ph.D. and Associates Ltd for quality treatment.
Causes Behind a Panic Attack
When you are stressed or in danger, your heart beats faster and you either cope with or run away from danger. Such a response accounts for a panic attack. Some causes of a panic attack include:
What Happens During a Panic Attack?
Panic attacks are often associated with physical symptoms such as shaking, a feeling your heart is pounding or racing, sweating, chest pain, shortness of breath, a feeling of choking, nausea, cramping, diarrhea, dizziness, an out-of-body sensation (a feeling of being apart from oneself), tingling in the hands, chills or hot flashes and headache. A person may also have an extreme fear of losing control, going crazy or dying during a panic attack. It is very rare for a person to have all of these symptoms at once, although the presence of at least 4 symptoms strongly suggests the diagnosis of panic disorder.
How is a Panic Attack Treated?
Treatment options to cure panic attack include:
Through Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), you are able to unblock emotions that were linked to the traumatic event underlying the initial panic memory. It is used as a primary treatment to treat panic attacks. EMDR helps you to reprocess the event and gain a new perspective about the initial event thus improving your self-esteem.
Commonly Asked Questions
Q: How is a panic attack diagnosed?
A: Our therapists might enquire about your symptoms and your medical history.
Q: Can a panic attack be prevented?
A: If you exercise, learn to relax your body and mind and consume a limited amount of caffeine or alcohol, panic attacks are less likely to happen.
Q: What is the difference between a panic attack and panic disorder?
A: A panic attack is the occurrence of intense fear or anxiety which makes you short of breath or dizzy. Multiple episodes of panic attacks combined with major changes in behaviour or anxiety is known as panic disorder.
Schedule an Appointment
At Gary J. Meiers, Ph.D., Jo Ann Hammond-Meiers, Ph.D. and Associates Ltd. in Edmonton, we help our clients deal with panic attacks in Edmonton through compassionate, professional care. Call our office to schedule an appointment with our registered psychologists.