Wokingham Psychology  Woosehill Medical Centre Fernlea Drive Wokingham Berkshire RG41 3DR

 

Panic Attacks

 

A panic attack can come on for many reasons and often for no reason at all. It can be felt both physically and psychologically and can feel extremely debilitating. During a panic attack the body is put into "fight or flight mode" or alert mode which can be useful in life and in the wild if we are under attack. However this response is often unwanted and unnecessary which is where Private Therapy can help.

The fear of having a panic attack can also cause their own panic attacks, many sufferers are constantly anxious about having a panic attacks which can bring one on itself, making it seem impossible to control and can cause people to lose all confidence in themselves and their abilities.

There are both in physical and psychological symptoms of panic attacks:

 

 

 

  • Heart Palpitations

  • Muscle tension

  • Sweating

  • Blushing

  • Nausea

  • Shaking

  • Hyperventilation

 

 

 

  • Feeling out of control

  • Feeling worried

  • Feeling tense

  • Intrusive or unwanted thoughts

  • Feeling of helplessness

  • Feeling of being overwhelmed

  • Feeling anxious

 

Panic attacks can often be linked with other disorders such as anxiety, depression, OCD or can often be present on its own. A Consultant  Psychiatrist, Psychotherapist, Psychologist or Counsellor can help to treat panic attacks and during their initial assessment may look at the underlying reasons for the panic attacks and come up with the most appropriate treatment plan tailored made for the patient, ensuring the quickest and safest recovery possible.

 

Physical symptoms of panic attacks

Psychological symptoms of panic attacks