Panic disorder occurs when you experience recurring unexpected panic attacks. Panic attacks can be very frightening. When they occur, you might think you’re losing control, having a heart attack or even dying. You may feel terrified and overwhelmed, even though you’re not in any danger. Many people don’t know that their disorder is real and highly responsive to treatment. Others suffer in silence, distancing themselves from friends, family, and others who could be helpful or supportive.
What Causes Panic Attacks?
Panic attacks typically begin suddenly, without warning. They can strike at any time, when you’re driving a car, at the mall, sound asleep or in the middle of a business meeting. You may have occasional panic attacks, or they may occur frequently.
One of the worst things about panic attacks is the intense fear that you’ll have another one. You may fear to have panic attacks so much that you avoid certain situations where they may occur.
While panic attacks can feel different for everyone, there are some common symptoms:
Panic attacks, while intensely uncomfortable, are not dangerous. But panic attacks are hard to manage on your own, and they may get worse without treatment.
Treatment for panic disorder focuses on reducing or eliminating your symptoms. This is achieved through therapy with a qualified professional. Therapy teaches you to change your thoughts and actions so that you can understand your attacks and manage your fear.
At CBT Kenya we have a qualified team of psychologists who are ready to have a talk with you. Get in touch with our psychologists on +254 739 935 333/+254 756 454 585, email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website for more details.