Panic Attacks

Panic Attacks – Treatment

Life can be like a roller coaster, but you have a high chance of success of overcoming panic attacks and high anxiety if you seek help from a psychologist.

Successful treatment of panic attacks is one of psychology’s success stories. Your chances of success are high.

You are not alone

One in ten people in their lifetime suffer from at least one panic attack.

  • Many sufferers of high anxiety have very strong will-power but have fallen into anxiety traps
  • We offer treatment with CBT, mindfulness and other evidence based approaches
  • With guidance, panic attacks, high anxiety and phobias are curable
  • The success rate of treatment is 80 – 90%
  • Recovery can be complete

Psychological Treatment methods give a new understanding of the real cause of panic attacks and a high chance of long term and successful results.

panic attacksWith psychological treatment you can:

  • Learn how your present approach to managing anxiety may be making the problem worse, not better.
  • How to escape the anxiety trap.
  • Control your symptoms with breathing techniques.
  • Use the mindfulness approach.
  • Desensitise your anxiety by following a professionally designed desensitisation program.
  • Learn new strategies of controlling symptoms.
  • Practice cognitive coping strategies.
  • Overcome your worse fears – slowly and completely.

At Rose Park and Westbourne Park Psychology we have clinical psychologists all trained in the best way to treat panic attacks.

Symptoms of panic attacks can include:

Heart palpitations, Rapid, pounding heart, Tightness of chest, Difficulty breathing, Butterflies in the stomach, Hyperventilation, Tremors, Dizziness, Weakness all over, Tingling hands, Dry mouth, Feelings of warmth or cold, An overwhelming urge to escape, A feeling of going mad, Intense fear of losing control, Fear of collapse, perhaps with a heart attack, Fear of death or insanity, Fear of embarrassment.

Panic attacks happen when the body’s emergency button is being pressed continuously—the experience can be terrifying. It is one of the most unpleasant feelings that can be experienced. Feelings of extreme fear and dread may strike with no warning and for no reason.

 In the long term, the experience and avoidance of panic attacks may lead to:

  • Restriction of life’s activities
  • Loneliness and social isolation
  • Relationship problems
  • Physical symptoms of stress
  • Depression
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Low self esteem
  • Loss of confidence
  • Exhaustion and demoralisation
  • Fatigue

Phobias result from an undesired, irrational and uncontrollable fear

Common phobias include (but are not limited to):

  • Agoraphobia – fear of leaving the house
  • Social Phobia – high anxiety in, and avoidance of, social situations
  • Driving phobia – avoidance of driving, or fear of driving
  • Travel phobia – high anxiety when, and avoidance of, travelling
  • Public speaking phobia
  • Claustrophobia – fear of enclosed spaces

All our psychologists have excellent training in treatment programs that are effective in treating panic and high anxiety. Most people can over come their anxiety problems in 6 – 10 sessions. Some people with long established problems of anxiety, may need more sessions.

Mindfulness Meditation Group

Whilst is it not a replacement for an individual treatment program, you will learn techniques that you can use for your benefit in the long term. There is a Medicare rebate for group attendance that is additional to the rebates for individual sessions.

An interesting view of anxiety is given in the following TED talk.