Panic attacks can be terrifying experiences. It can feel as though you are having a heart attack, or that you are going to die. Intense fear, sweating, shaking, chest pain, shortness of breath, and lightheadedness are common. Some people have them seemingly “out of the blue” and others may have them frequently in the same places, such as in the car or in stores.
After you’ve had one panic attack, the fear of having another panic attack can be even more debilitating than the attack itself. It may cause you to fear and avoid being alone or going places where you know there will be others to witness you having a panic attack. It is especially scary to think of a situation where you could not escape if you had one, such as a confined or crowded place.
Therapy is a very effective first choice treatment for panic attacks. We specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which has been shown to be very effective in treating panic disorders as well as anxiety.