Panic disorder treatment

You don’t have to be afraid any longer

A panic disorder is an anxiety disorder where you regularly experience panic attacks, short but intense anxiety attacks. A panic attack can be triggered by a certain situation, but can also appear to come out of the blue. You are afraid to look foolish, not be able to get away or not be able to get help. Besides the feeling of anxiety, a panic attack can involve the following symptoms:

  • Heart palpitations
  • Sweating
  • Trembling/shaking
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Dissociation, feeling like you are a spectator of yourself
  • Fear of losing control or losing your mind
  • Fear of becoming ill or dying
  • Hot flashes or shivering

A panic attack usually occurs because you interpret your physical signals in the wrong way, for example, you may think you’ll have a heart attack when you feel pressure on your chest. Many people who have experienced a panic attack become afraid they’ll have another. You’re very alert to signals such as dizziness, sweating or shortness of breath and interpret those as a sign of a new panic attack. And because you expect to have a panic attack, one actually develops. Thus, a vicious cycle originates, that is very hard to break by yourself. Often people start avoiding more and more things and organize their lives in such a way to minimize the chance of a panic attack occurring. That’s why panic attacks frequently co-occur with agoraphobia (fear of open spaces).

Treating panic disorder

Panic disorders are highly treatable. Mindspring uses modern and effective therapy methods such as Hypnotherapy, EMDR and NLP. Generally, the fear of having a panic attack diminishes within a few sessions, and therefore also the likelihood that a panic attack will occur.