Bromley Counselling for Panic Attacks admin
What are Panic Attacks?
A Panic Attack is a rush of intense anxiety and physical symptoms. They can be frightening and happen suddenly, often for no clear reason.
Some people think they are having a heart attack because it feels like their heart is beating fast or irregularly, or even that they are going to die; but Panic Attacks usually last somewhere from 5 to 20 minutes. Although it may feel like something is seriously wrong, they aren’t dangerous and shouldn’t harm you. You won’t usually need to be admitted to hospital if you have had a panic attack.
The physical symptoms of a panic attack are caused by your body going into “fight or flight” mode.
As your body tries to take in more oxygen, your breathing quickens. Your body also releases hormones, such as adrenaline, causing your heart to beat faster and your muscles to tense up.
Am I having Panic Attacks?
If you experience an event, or even a thought, that causes an intense rush of anxiety and physical symptoms then it’s probably a Panic Attack. The physical symptoms include:
Rapid, irregular heartbeats
Breathlessness and choking
Ringing in the ears
You’re not alone – at least one in 10 people experience occasional panic attacks, which are usually triggered by a stressful event.
If you’re having them more often then you may have Panic Disorder where you have recurring and regular panic attacks. In the UK, Panic Disorder affects about 2% of people, and it’s about twice as common in women as it is in men.
What can I do about it?
Firstly it’s important not to let your fear of panic attacks control you. Panic attacks always pass and the symptoms are not a sign of anything harmful happening. Remember that the symptoms you’re experiencing are caused by Anxiety.
When you’re having a Panic Attack it’s best to stop what you’re doing and take the time to let it pass. Think about what’s happening to you and remember that it’s ok, it’s just going to pass. It also helps to take control of it by thinking about the experience, how it feels, what’s going to happen next, how it’s going to subside. Face up to the Panic Attack and take control. Controlling your breathing can help too; close your eyes and breath in slowly and gently through your nose, then let it out slowly and gently through your mouth.
Once the Panic Attack has passed have a think about what the cause may have been and take steps to alter your responses to it or how you’re going to manage it; just be careful not to restrict your normal daily activities. If you think the Panic Attack was a symptom of your more general anxiety then it might be time to get help with your Anxiety.
Counselling can help to identify the negative thought patterns that feed your Anxiety and Panic Attacks. It can reduce the frequency and intensity whilst also improving your daily life.
If you’re ready you can book your first session today!
In your first session your Counsellor will walk you through the counselling process and ‘Contract for Counselling’. This explains what happens in the sessions, the boundaries, confidentiality, supervision and what to do if you have concerns. You may also be asked to complete a simple assessment form that helps describe your feelings. This assessment may be repeated occasionally to help understand your progress in managing your Anxiety and Panic Attacks.
After this you’ll start talking more about your issues and feelings in as much or as little detail as you want. You may decide not to bring ‘everything’ into your first session or you may decide open up about all the issues you face, it’s up to you. Your Counsellor will start to understand your challenges more and will start to get some insights into you. You’ll also start to understand more about how your Counsellor works and some insight into what you can expect. Sessions can be challenging, fun, sad, frustrating and feeling a range of emotions is common. Remember that one session is rarely like another and it’s all a process working towards finding your happiness without the Anxiety and Panic Attacks.
Getting started with Counselling is easier than you might think!
Many people are nervous when they start to think about counselling and this is perfectly normal. Let’s face it, of the one in five people in the UK who have had counselling it’s likely that most of them were unsure at the beginning. Following millions of people into counselling means you’re not alone in getting some help; more often it’s the first positive step to feeling better.
If you’re starting to feel like you need some help, you’re struggling to resolve some issues or some aspect of your life, you need someone helpful to talk to, someone who wont judge and is trained in supporting and helping; then counselling is certainly worth considering.
Two of the most common reactions to counselling are:
“I wish i’d started sooner!” or “it felt like a weight had been lifted”. If you think you might want to feel like this then why not give it a go. At Novo Counselling we have a ‘First Session Guarantee’ so you’ve really nothing to lose!
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