Panic Attacks


Anxiety and panic attacks are in the same family, although panic attacks are a form of extreme anxiety. Often a person is able to identify the source of his anxiety. However, with generalized anxiety, one may be anxious without being able to understand the cause. A generalized anxiety attack is felt as a dreaded form of worry and unease that seems to come out of nowhere. In cases of both anxiety and panic attacks, therapy is helpful.

Panic attacks are more extreme and very stressful. They are manifested not as moderate anxiety, but often strike with great force. A victim may think that he is having a heart attack, is fainting, losing control of his body and mind, and is extremely agitated concerning the current conditions. A caveat here, a person must make certain that he or she is not having a physical problem such as a heart attack or stroke. When information has been obtained that the symptoms are those of a panic attack, counseling would be the appropriate treatment. For an interesting example, check out Analyze This from your local DVD store. The story revolves around someone who has panic attacks, but does not believe it.

Beneath a composed and smiling appearance, there are many individuals who struggle daily with panic attacks and anxiety. If you are one of those people, you do not need to suffer needlessly and alone. Both counseling and/or medication have been shown to be very effective in dealing with these problems. You can learn to “take back your life” by getting to the root of your anxiety and fear, and by learning ways to “get through” a panic attack.

By looking at physical, cognitive, and emotional triggers, we can work together to overcome your anxiety or panic. An excellent book I would recommend to understand more about your anxiety is, Master Your Panic by Denise Beckfield.


Licensed Professional Counselor Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in Birmingham Alabama