Panic attacks are one of the most frightening manifestations of fear and anxiety-based mental health issues. The symptoms are so severe they can often be mistaken for heart attacks.
Anyone who is suddenly subjected to an overdose of abnormal stress can suffer a panic attack. However, panic attacks are more common in people with anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, depression, substance abuse, and panic disorder. During a panic attack, the fear response is out of proportion for the situation, which is often not threatening.
Panic attacks can be so devastating that people who suffer from them can begin to live in constant fear of having another panic attack. It is a vicious cycle that is rooted in fear-based thinking and can have debilitating consequences on the activities of daily life.
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There are several effective treatment modalities for panic disorder and other mental health issues that stem from fear and anxiety. Anti-depressant and anti-anxiety medication can be helpful in curbing the disastrous physical consequences of these disorders. However, they are most effective when combined with psychotherapy, specifically cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which teaches you to recognize and change thought patterns that lead to fear and panic.
You don’t have to live with panic attacks and constant fear. Please call us at 843-501-1099. We have several counselors trained in therapy techniques to manage the panic attacks and their underlying causes, and we are here to help.