What is a panic attack?
Panic attacks are characterised by repeated, unexpected bouts of severe anxiety, which is often accompanied by physical symptoms. With time, panic attacks become more continuous, and the fear of having a panic attack becomes embedded, resulting in what can feel like a ‘vicious circle’.
The team at Priory is able to recognise triggers associated with panic attacks and will ensure that you feel understood and comfortable if you seek help with us. We understand that a panic attack can affect people differently. First time sufferers sometimes believe that they are experiencing a heart attack or a nervous breakdown but gaining help from Priory means that the severity of your feelings can be reduced.
What are the symptoms of panic attacks?
If you think that you are suffering from panic attacks, you may have experienced one or more of the following symptoms:
- Muscle spasms, tremors and palpitations
- Nausea and dizzy spells
- Sweating and shortness of breath
- Lack of control and intense worry
- Withdrawal from social situations
- Anxiety, depression, confusion
- Abdominal discomfort and chest pains
Treatment for panic attacks
The risk of panic attacks can be reduced or even prevented by using techniques that Priory professionals can teach, such as muscle relaxation exercises, coping mechanism strategies and attending cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) sessions. CBT allows you to become more aware and better understand dysfunctional thought patterns, which can lead to your negative emotions.
Priory offers a Free Telephone Consultation, for further information call today on: (+971) 4 245 3800 or submit an enquiry form in confidence. We will provide you with details on all our treatments and offer help on how to manage your mental health at a time that suits you.