Therapy for Panic Attack Sufferers

Treatment is important when it comes to any condition that can potentially hinder your way of life. One such condition is panic attacks. A panic attack may last only minutes but can be very traumatic to those who experience them. Getting at the root cause of the problem may be the only way to eliminate panic attacks from your life.

Types of Therapy for Panic Attacks

The term therapy covers a lot of ground. It actually means ?a service, an attendance? and should be looked on as such ? a professional serving and attending your needs, and nothing more. No dark mysteries. No hocus pocus.

For the purposes of ?panic attack therapy? we’re going to look at the most commonly used forms of therapy. The types of therapy that have been effective with people with panic attacks or panic disorders are psychotherapy, cognitive behavior therapy, and exposure therapy.

Psychotherapy for Panic Attacks

This form of therapy covers the emotional side of panic attacks. For whatever reason, the body has received stimulus that puts it in the ?fight or flight? mode of operating. This is fine when you are in real danger, say in a dark alley, but in the middle of your office, shopping, or your child’s recital don’t qualify as imminent danger. In order to delve into the emotional feelings you’ll be asked a few questions such as; ?What were you feeling before the attack occurred? What other situations are going on in your life at this moment??

In psychotherapy it is believed that the attack is triggered by something that happened just beforehand. You may not be aware of the association, but it is the job of the therapist to bring that to the forefront so you can work on these triggers. Sometimes, just talking about these triggers will desensitize them and allow the panic attacks to cease.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Panic Attacks

This therapy stresses more of the thought process that may have led to the panic attack or the chronic thought patterns that give rise to panic disorder. We all have a way of thinking that is learned from others or through experience. At some point, it seems almost unconscious that negative thoughts pop into our heads in certain situations. It is these thoughts that may develop into panic disorder.

This type of therapy helps to identify your way of thinking and gives you methods to slowly convert those negatives into positive affirming thoughts. It helps to realistically see your situation for what it is instead of imagining what it could be.

Exposure Therapy for Panic Attacks

Another technique that can help lower your sensitivity level to anxious situations is known as exposure therapy, or desensitizing therapy. Little by little, you are exposed to situations that trigger panic disorder. During these sessions, you will be taught how to use different coping skills to battle back that impending fear to be able to face the situation without panicking. This therapy is very successfully used in the case of irrational fears of mice, snakes, and heights. By approaching a mouse or snake slowly, or climbing up one rung at a time, in a controlled atmosphere, our mind slowly releases its hold on the fear, and thus, the panic.

Panic attack therapy is often a helpful tool for minimizing and even eliminating attacks and panic disorder. What was once conceived by the brain as a very real threat can oftentimes be fully discredited, leaving the sufferer free to return to a life free of panic attacks.



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