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Reliable Panic Attack Treatment in Edmonton

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:

Overactive thyroid
Consumption of excessive alcohol
Breathing problems
Consuming excessive caffeine or nicotine
Intake of drugs not prescribed by a doctor

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 sporadic for a person to have all of these symptoms at once, although at least 4 symptoms strongly suggest panic disorder diagnosis.

How Is a Panic Attack Treated?

Treatment options to cure panic attack include:

EMDR Therapy

Through Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), you can unblock emotions linked to the traumatic event underlying the initial panic memory. It is used as a primary treatment to treat panic attacks. EMDR helps you reprocess the event and gain a new perspective about the initial event, thus improving your self-esteem. 

Commonly Asked Questions

  • Adults
    Our therapists also treat adults who react to original trauma triggers at work and among their family or friends. Triggers often leave these individuals feeling like they are back in the initial trauma. They experience feelings of being out of control, helplessness, anxiousness or powerlessness. Generally, adults come to therapy when they are chronically sad or anxious and withdraw from life to escape these feelings. We teach such individuals how to be in the present. Other examples of people who may benefit from counselling are: Adults who grew up with alcoholic parents A spouse of an adult child of an alcoholic Adults who, growing up, experienced the trauma of physical, mental or sexual abuse As a result of these experiences or situations, such individuals may have difficulty in times of intimacy or conflict. In addition, holidays, celebrations, or anniversaries can trigger strong memories and feelings from the past that have remained unresolved. This may impact current relationships with a spouse, children and/or work.
  • Parents
    Parents who are conflicted about how their children relate may be re-experiencing the same trauma or conflict from their family of origin and have reached an impasse that creates conflict or difficulty for them.
  • Children
    Children themselves can also feel scared or anxious. Some children are afraid to go to school, while others wake up at night after experiencing frightening dreams. Some children fight with their siblings. Others silently withdraw from the family without explanation. Many of these children have experienced the trauma of a family breaking up, living with an alcoholic parent, or losing a significant family member. A child displaying any of the feelings or behaviours may benefit from therapy.

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At Gary J. Meiers, Ph.D, Jo Ann Hammond-Meiers, Ph.D. and Associates Ltd. in Edmonton, we help our clients deal with Edmonton's panic attacks through compassionate, professional care. Call our office to schedule an appointment with our registered psychologists.

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