Panic Attacks & Stress

Panic attacks are common and occur in up to five percent of the general population.  They are described as a sudden feeling of intense apprehension, fear or terror together with physical symptoms such as difficulty breathing, heart palpitations, sweating, dizziness and shaking.  The condition “Panic Disorder with or without Agoraphobia” is where panic attacks strike on a regular or irregular basis without reason or warning.  Panic attacks are always a symptom of stress and they can be very frightening if the person doesn’t know what is happening.  Stress can be defined as an imbalance between the demands made on us and our personal resources to deal with those demands.

Learning what causes panic attacks, e.g. stress, is half the treatment.  The other half of the treatment is stress management using evidence-based psychological treatments like the cognitive behavioural therapies (CBT & ACT).  Mindfulness-based cognitive therapies like Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), as well as regular meditation, have been shown to be very helpful for reducing stress and eliminating panic attacks. You can learn more about ACT at The Happiness Trap website.  I have advanced training in CBT and ACT, and I can help you knock panic attacks on the head.