Panic Attacks and Panic Disorders

Understanding, Coping, and Thriving Beyond the Storm of Panic Attacks

Panic attacks are brief but intense episodes of extreme fear and anxiety. They can be so overwhelming that they are sometimes mistaken for heart attacks or strokes, yet they are primarily psychological rather than physical in nature. Panic attacks typically occur suddenly and reach their peak within ten minutes, with most attacks subsiding within 20 to 30 minutes.

Recognizing the Symptoms

Panic attacks can manifest with various distressing symptoms, including:

  • Chills: A sudden feeling of coldness or shivering.
  • Nausea: The sensation of needing to vomit or feeling queasy.
  • Sweating: Profuse sweating, often accompanied by clamminess.
  • Chest Pain: A sharp or gripping pain in the chest, which can mimic heart-related issues.
  • Palpitations: Rapid or irregular heartbeats, sometimes felt as “heart racing.”
  • Shaking: Trembling or shaking of the body, often uncontrollably.
  • Feelings of Suffocation: A sense of being unable to breathe or a feeling of impending doom.

When Panic Attacks Persist

While panic attacks can occur as isolated incidents, individuals who have experienced at least two panic attacks and live in constant fear of having another may be diagnosed with panic disorder. Panic attacks can strike seemingly without an obvious cause, but individuals with panic disorder may develop phobias related to situations or environments they associate with panic attacks. These phobias may include open spaces, crowded places, or specific triggers.

Treating Panic Disorder

Panic disorder falls under the category of anxiety disorders, and like other forms of anxiety, it is often managed through a combination of therapeutic approaches, medications, and positive lifestyle changes. Individuals with panic disorder are encouraged to engage in:

  • Therapy: Therapy can be highly effective in helping individuals understand and manage panic attacks. Techniques such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) are commonly used to address panic disorder.
  • Medications: In some cases, medication may be prescribed to alleviate symptoms and prevent panic attacks.
  • Lifestyle Changes: Implementing healthy lifestyle changes, including regular exercise, stress management, and the avoidance of stimulants, can significantly contribute to managing panic disorder.
  • Breathing Exercises: Learning and practicing controlled breathing techniques can help individuals regain a sense of control during panic attacks.

At Transformation Psychotherapy, we specialize in helping individuals overcome panic attacks and manage panic disorder. Our experienced therapists provide support, guidance, and evidence-based techniques to help you regain calm and control in the face of panic.


If you or someone you know is struggling with panic attacks or panic disorder, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. Contact us today to set up a call and begin your journey towards understanding, coping, and thriving beyond the storm of panic attacks.

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