Panic Attacks

When we experience intense and sudden rushes of fear and anxiety, sometimes out of nowhere, causing severe physical reactions, we’re having a panic attack.

They can be very frightening and we’re in the middle of one, there’s often an overwhelming feeling that we’re losing control or going ‘crazy’.


Symptoms reveal themselves during a panic attack but can also be accompanied by worries about future situations in which these episodes may occur. 

Panic attacks may include some or all of the following: 

  • Heart palpitations or increased heart rate
  • Sweating 
  • Shaking or trembling 
  • Sensations of smothering or shortness of breath 
  • Nausea 
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Fear of dying 
  • Tightness in the chest or chest pain

Occasional panic attacks can be common among the general population, with illness, stress, tiredness, low blood sugar, caffeine or other stimulant use triggering a panic attack.

However, we experience them more frequently and more severely when we have panic disorder or anxiety disorders. These can impact our ability to cope with day-to-day life. 

Panic Disorder

When we experience unexpected and recurring panic attacks and are constantly worried about having another, we may have the condition panic disorder. 

Constantly worrying about having a panic attack can trigger a panic attack: this cycle of worry, panic attack and more worry, leads us down a path where we start avoiding people and environments where we believe we will be likely to panic.

If this disorder goes untreated, it can leave us feeling isolated and we may struggle to complete daily tasks or even leave our house.


The psychological approaches that we use to help clients with Panic Attacks include:  

Book an appointment with one of our highly trained Psychologists to see which approach works best for you.

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This is not an exercise of putting you in a box and sticking a label on it but rather helping you feel safe and opening up opportunities for healing and growth.

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