Panic Attacks CBT Counselling Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and therapy can effectively help you overcome panic and high anxiety. Left untreated, panic attacks can greatly interfere with you having a full and rich life.
During panic attacks, do you experience sudden and intense fear, palpitations, breathlessnes, numbness, tingling and racing heart? Do you get chest pain and feel like you are choking? Do you feel nauseous, have hot flushes or chills? Does it feel like you are losing control, going crazy or might die? Do you tend to avoid certain places and people to prevent panic attacks?
"Though we all have the seeds of fear within us, we must learn not to water those seeds and instead nourish our positive qualities - those of compassion, understanding and loving kindness." Thich Nhat Hanh.
Panic attacks are often described as a sudden onset of severe anxiety about physical sensations and their meaning. For example, misinterpreting your heart racing as a sign of an impending heart attack. The intensity of body sensations can lead to panic attacks and a subsequent fear of the possibility of further panic attacks.
Panic attacks are often experienced as extremely intense and unpleasant body symptoms such as racing heart, breathlessness, tingling in the hands, perspiring, trembling, nausea, hot or cold flushes, chest pain, mind racing, plus feeling like you are losing touch with reality (derealisation).
With such intense experiences, often people fear that they are going crazy, losing control or having a heart attack and are left with a sense of impending catastrophe which they are understandably keen to avoid or control.
This leads to regular scanning of the body for early signs of symptoms and the development of anxiety about panic. People also avoid situations that trigger symptoms or use compensatory control strategies, such as distraction and checking for escape routes.
Sometimes panic attacks are associated with specific others or situations, such as: going into shops, being in elevators, deep water, open spaces, busy streets, boarding aeroplanes or on buses or trains. To prevent further panic attacks, there is an understandable tendency to then avoid or limit exposure to these situations.
Unfortunately, these short-term coping strategies and avoidance strategies often keep the cycle of panic going.
Our evolutionary way of responding to a potential 'killer' threat is to rapidly prepare our body for a massive exertion in the form of 'fight or flight' to ensure our survival.
This level of self-protection may have been helpful in prehistoric times when you really needed to run away from a tiger to survive. However, in relation to our modern day stressors and triggers, we rarely, if ever, need this level of survival response. However, our anxiety system is still stuck in prehistoric mode as it has yet to adapt to our modern way of living. This means it is too easily over-activated and we are often left with residual uncomfortable, intense and distressing physical sensations plus catastrophic thoughts and beliefs.
Fortunately, there are many effective ways of managing panic attacks which your Possibilities therapist can help you implement.
You should consider seeking panic attack counselling or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) when the problem persists and is interfering with your normal functioning, relationships and daily activities and you would like help from an experienced and qualified therapist to overcome this problem.
Why struggle on for weeks, months or years when you can receive effective support from one of our therapists.
Panic attack counselling, such as cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), can help you understand what is perpetuating your panic attacks and help you learn new skills to manage and overcome them. The therapy is conducted in a collaborative, friendly and encouraging manner. The therapist will never force you to do anything you do not feel ready to do. What you decide to do is always your choice.
To make an appointment for Panic Counselling or CBT or to make an inquiry, please contact Tracey Johnston, Clinical Director
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Possibilities Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre
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