Panic Attack Counseling

Have you experienced an episode in which you had palpitations, pounding heart, sweating, trembling or shaking, feeling short of breath, chest pain, nausea or abdominal distress, dizziness, feeling detached from yourself, fear that you might lose control or go crazy, numbness/tingling, and/or fearful you might die. You may have experienced a panic attack. These experiences can be frightening and disturbing and you may wonder if you should pursue panic attack counseling. In general people do not seek counseling after one panic attack. They are more likely to look into therapy after they experienced more than one unexpected attacks, or if they feel significant distress and fear that they might have another panic attack. If they do start to worry about subsequent attacks occurring for more than a month they may be developing Panic Disorder. In this case panic attack counseling could prove helpful.

Fear and Anxiety Counseling

Trying to navigate your life and the world while being riddled with fear and anxiety can be difficult, at best. You may feel worried constantly, fear leaving your house, worry that people will evaluate you harshly or that you might embarrass yourself. You may experience physical symptoms such as shaking, dizziness, racing heart, or an upset stomach. You may ultimately wonder if you should pursue fear and anxiety counseling. You may wonder if you have a chance at a “normal” life not filled with being scared and worried. While not everyone can understand such an existence the therapists and other users at do.

Anxiety Disorder Counseling

The prospect of beginning anxiety disorder counseling can be scary for some. Many people with anxiety have lived with the difficulties for years, and while they want a break from the symptoms and distress, facing the anxiety can be anxiety inducing! The good news about anxiety disorder counseling is that there are options out there that work. Of course there are many forms of anxiety disorders: panic disorder, social anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder to name a few. However, often the general underlying approach may be similar.

One approach to anxiety disorder counseling that works is cognitive behavioral. This approach involves examining and changing thoughts that influence anxiety as well as behaviors. Individuals engaging in a cognitive behavioral approach to anxiety disorder counseling often are coached in exposing themselves to anxiety provoking situations on a gradual basis. Generally, they will start with things that are least anxiety provoking and work up to most. For example, for social phobia, an individual may start by going to a library with a trusted friend while they ask for help at the reference desk. In the next step they may add a question to what the friend is asking. Finally, towards the end of the steps they may go by themselves and ask a multiple people for help at the library. The idea in this form of anxiety disorder counseling is that through the exposure they will see a reduction in the intensity of the anxiety. They will also learn that their thoughts surrounding anxiety provoking situations (for example, “I will be laughed at”, “I CAN’T do it”) are not necessarily always true. Over time they learn to evaluate their thoughts and to tolerate some anxiety. Their anxiety will reduce over time.


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