Panic disorder

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Panic disorder is a condition characterised by recurring and regular panic attacks. People who suffer from panic disorder will experience frequent intense surges of terror and anxiety, which can strike suddenly without warning. In between attacks sufferers may also constantly worry about further attacks and may fret over the symptoms that they trigger, including dizziness, chest pains and heart palpitations.

 

It is due to the intensity of these panic attack symptoms – particularly the feelings of fear and terror – that many people with panic disorder are unable to relax between attacks. Constantly worrying about when another attack will occur creates a cycle of living in ‘fear of fear’, which reinforces panic and anxiety. The emotional toll of this anticipatory anxiety can negatively impact self-confidence and may greatly disrupt a person’s ability to function normally on a day-to-day basis.

Our approach

Generally the most effective means of panic disorder treatment is Counselling, and the application of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). This approach has long-term benefits and will also help to tackle complications that develop from panic disorder such as agoraphobia. Counselling will help you look at what may be behind the development of your disturbance. In CBT sessions, your Working Minds Therapist will work with you to focus on the negative thinking patterns and behaviours that are triggering or sustaining panic attacks. By helping you to see your fears in a more realistic light, CBT can teach you new coping skills, which will make it easier to deal with future panic attacks. For example, teaching you breathing techniques that can be used to help keep you calm during the stress of a panic attack.



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What our clients have to say…

Russell W – New Volunteer

Over the course of the sessions I have had with Simon I have gone from someone who probably would not have been able to carry on for much longer the way that I was, to someone that is now looking forward to working and moving on with my life...

Russell W - New Volunteer

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2017-03-02T14:28:32+00:00

Russell W - New Volunteer

Over the course of the sessions I have had with Simon I have gone from someone who probably would not have been able to carry on for much longer the way that I was, to someone that is now looking forward to working and moving on with my life...

Ann B – Business Co-ordinator

I want to thank you for the valuable time you spent with me to achieve my career and life goals. I really appreciate the support and advice you gave me.

Ann B – Business Co-ordinator

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2017-03-02T14:16:26+00:00

Ann B – Business Co-ordinator

I want to thank you for the valuable time you spent with me to achieve my career and life goals. I really appreciate the support and advice you gave me.
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