We can say that panic attacks are a form of very intense anxiety attacks, which a person might experience unexpectedly. Under the DSM-5 (Diagnostic Statistical Manual) panic is actually classified as an anxiety disorder.
Many people who have panic attacks experience a few or more of the symptoms below. Please do not use the criteria below as a self-diagnosis. The symptoms presented below have a more of a descriptive role:
- accelerated heart rate;
- chest pressure or discomfort;
- shortness of breath;
- worry of loosing control;
- fear of dying.
At Anxiety Solutions we use CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and other effective methods to help our clients overcome symptoms and disturbances related to panic attacks. Our counsellors or psychotherapists will take the time to analyse, together with you, and better understand the process and what maintains or “feeds” your panic attacks, so you can find effective ways to stop the suffering or debilitating symptoms of panic attacks.