Panic Attacks are common among adults in America, with around 3% of adults experience them annually. Common symptoms of an attack are shortness of breath, sweating, tingling in the outer extremities, chest pain, dizziness, and unreasoning fear, commonly of death.
Panic attacks may be a singular incident, or become recurring, even leading to avoidance of things usually enjoyed due to fear of triggering an attack. Routine activities such as going out with friends, being in crowded places like grocery stores and malls, going to work, or even being with family members can be causes of concern for triggering an attack.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an effective treatment for those suffering from panic attacks. CBT helps the affected person see the connections between the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that are related to panic attacks. Providing insight into the source of the attacks as well as developing concrete skills to address the symptoms both before and as they occur, allows those suffering from the attacks to begin to see improvement in their condition, usually within the first eight sessions.
Rhode Island Counseling Associates looks forward to helping you begin the journey to recovery and personal fulfillment. To schedule an appointment, call 401-259-0340 or fill out our contact form.