Panic

Panic is a sudden sensation of fear, typically so strong that it prevents logical thinking and may trigger a fight-or-flight reaction. If you’ve ever experienced a panic attack, you know how frightening it can be – you might think you are having a heart attack or even dying. Panic attacks usually start without warning and come on suddenly. It is not uncommon for many people to experience one or two panic attacks over the course of their lifetimes. However, if you are experiencing frequent panic attacks, you may have panic disorder. Panic disorder is an anxiety disorder that, in addition to repeated panic attacks, may also include an intense and ongoing fear of having another attack that can affect your daily life. Whether you’ve just had one experience with a panic attack or you are suffering from recurrent panic attacks and suspect you might have panic disorder, a qualified mental health professional can help. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s panic experts today.

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Your body is talking! And it wants you to listen. Our bodies and our brains work in tandem warning you of danger. Sometimes, our bodies perceive we are in danger even when we're not. A panic attack is a warning sign to fight, fight, or freeze! Together we will uncover undigested trauma, triggers, patterns, and nervous system regulation. Using EMDR, somatic, and embodiment practices you will start to notice what your body is trying to say and honor what it needs.

— Ivonne Melgar, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Sacramento, CA

I utilize an exposure and response prevention model (ERP) to help my clients manage feelings of panic related to anxiety, PTSD, or OCD.

— Sprout Therapy PDX, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR
 

Panic can be absolutely terrifying, especially when it comes out of nowhere. The sudden surge of panic is frightening and you feel like you can't get control of it. I've worked with folks who suffered from panic so severely they couldn't even go to the grocery store on their own. I've taught them the skills necessary to move forward from panic and to start living life again, panic-free. I can help you too.

— Shannon Mosher, Licensed Professional Counselor in Kingwood, TX

Your body is talking! And it wants you to listen. Our bodies and our brains work in tandem warning you of danger. Sometimes, our bodies perceive we are in danger even when we're not. A panic attack is a warning sign to fight, fight, or freeze! Together we will uncover undigested trauma, triggers, patterns, and nervous system regulation. Using EMDR, somatic, and embodiment practices you will start to notice what your body is trying to say and honor what it needs.

— Ivonne Melgar, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Sacramento, CA

I help clients manage panic attacks with grounding exercises. When the client is ready, we explore the root cause of the panic disorder. Panic disorder has a biological component . It is nothing to be ashamed of, and it can not be ignored.

— Tammy Whitt, Counselor
 

Is it a heart attack? Am I dying? I feel so much pressure on my chest and feel like I'm about to pass out. These symptoms of panic are not to be taken lightly. They are terrible and often others don't understand how you are feeling and might think you are overreacting. Minimizing the risk of future panic attacks and knowing how to act during a panic attack is important and I will show you the skills to help get you on the right path.

— Tarah Holcomb, Licensed Professional Counselor in Leedey, OK

I have had extensive experience working with those who have panic disorder and I am proficient in exposure therapies, ACT therapy and REBT (all extremely effective and useful with panic disorder). I work with clients "where they are at" and with "baby steps" together we can get you to the point where you can manage and control your panic attacks and often have long periods (even years!) of no panic attacks. You may reach these goals without the use of medication!

— Deborah Fatone, Clinical Social Worker in Brooklyn, NY
 

Tingly fingers, feeling fuzzy, racing and sometimes scary thoughts, pounding heart... sound familiar? sound awful? A panic attack survivor myself, I know all too well how scary, exhausting, and bewildering panic attacks can be. Work can suffer, daily life, sleep, your social life - you name it. Even your self esteem can take a hit. Rest assured, panic attacks are treatable. Let's get to the bottom of it, and grow some new skills and confidence so that your panic is a thing of the past.

— Charlotte Haefner, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Portland, OR

I am an active member of the ADAA, Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

— Natalie Henry, Clinical Social Worker in boulder, CO
 

Often when we're in a "panic attack", our bodies are responding disproportionately to the current situation. Yet there's a good reason for this. Even without our being aware, our minds create meanings from past circumstances that impact our present day-to-day feelings. I want to help you reduce moments of panic by (counterintuitively) bringing those moments more into our sessions together. When the panic is cared for - not pushed down - I see clients improve.

— Connor McClenahan, Psychologist in Los Angeles, CA