Panic attacks are an abrupt, intense onset of extreme fear or discomfort. They can happen at any time in anxious or, surprisingly, calm states. Panic attacks are typically around 10 minutes in length and are very acute.
During the attack, physical symptoms often mimic life-threatening situations.
Common symptoms include:
- Heart palpitations, racing heart beat, chest pains
- Shortness of breath, feeling of being smothered
- Trembling, shaking
- Feelings of choking
- Nausea or abdominal pain
- Fear of losing control, going crazy or dying
At Union Square Practice, we have found that one or a combination of the following treatments can help panic attacks:
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy
- Exposure Therapy
- Breathing Techniques