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.
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:
Consumption of excessive alcohol
Consuming excessive caffeine or nicotine
Intake of drugs not prescribed by a doctor
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.
Treatment options to cure panic attack include:
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.
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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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