Getting Past the Fear of Panic Attacks
Don’t be Tricked by Panic Attack Feelings
The fear you feel during a panic attack is real. And anyone who says it isn’t hasn’t been in your shoes.
But the danger that the fear represents isn’t real. Panic attacks don’t cause death, fainting, or insanity. So when you respond to a panic attack the way you might respond to real danger – for example by fleeing or avoiding situations or places – it doesn’t work since there is no real danger.
Instead, your effort and energy actually fuel the symptoms of panic and make things worse. Which leads to another panic attack. And that’s the con of panic. That’s the way it invades and tries to dominate a person’s life.
You Are Not Alone
If panic attacks and the fear of them has impacted your life, know that you are not alone. Some basic facts:
- For one out of 75 people, panic and anxiety disorders are a serious condition.
- It usually appears during teen years or early adulthood, often showing up with stressful and major life transitions, even good ones like leaving home, graduating from college, getting married, having a first child, and so on.
- All ethnic groups are vulnerable to panic disorder.
- Women are twice as likely to get the disorder as men.There is also some evidence for a genetic predisposition; if a family member has suffered from panic disorder, you have an increased risk of suffering from it yourself, especially during a time in your life that is particularly stressful.
- And if you’ve suffered some real trauma in your life that caused great fear or loss, or perhaps were taught the world is a dangerous place, then you might be predisposed to having panic attacks.
Stop Anxiety Attacks, and Take Back Your Life
Studies show that persons with panic disorders can and do live normal, satisfying lives. But treatment is key.
We work with people to solve the panic problem by counseling them new ways to watch and think clearly and accurately about what is happening in their body, mind and feelings. With support, patience and practice, they learn the best ways to think and act whenever panic symptoms arise.
By making changes in thinking and behavior, you can learn to overcome fearful panic attacks.
Start by Calling Your Counselor
Make the decision to take back your life. Contact us at 805-728-7288, or by email by completing the form here.