Your Body’s False Alarm
Panic attacks are overwhelming bursts of fear that often come on for no apparent reason and fool you into believing that something is really wrong with your body. They can also be triggered by specific situations you dread – – like having to give a presentation, riding a crowded elevator, or driving on the freeway. If you worry about having more panic attacks in Tampa FL, and Brandon FL, then you have Panic Disorder. And if you avoid situations you fear will trigger a panic attack – – then you also have agoraphobia. Panic Attack Symptoms What You Feel Whatever context they occur in, panic attacks in Tampa FL, and Brandon FL, scare the daylights out of you and trick you into thinking you are going to pass out – – or lose control of yourself – – or die! Like most people who suffer from panic attacks, you probably experience several of these symptoms: Shortness of breath Heart palpitations Dizziness Shakiness Numbness or tingling sensations A feeling of unreality
What You Think
People who contact Star Point Counseling Center in Tampa FL, and Brandon FL, for help with panic attacks want to know what’s wrong with them. Actually, nothing’s wrong with you, although it certainly feels like it.
What’s happening is that your internal alarm system – – which is supposed to flood you with adrenaline when there’s a true emergency – – is going off – – by mistake.
You’re getting tricked by anxiety in Tampa FL, and Brandon FL, into thinking you’re in grave danger – – when you’re not. You think “Uh oh, something’s really wrong with me!”
Panic attacks don’t do any of the things you think they will.
What You Do
If you’re like most people who experience panic attacks in Tampa FL, and Brandon FL, you probably react to them in several ways. Maybe you:
Avoid situations altogether, or
Flee where you are, or
Call your “safety” person for help, or
Run to the nearest emergency room.
Unfortunately, all of these behaviors are the opposite of how you ought to react to panic. Avoiding or fleeing the scene keeps panic coming back.
Fortunately, panic attacks, Panic Disorder in Tampa FL, and Brandon FL, and agoraphobia are very treatable. The key to overcoming panic attacks is learning how to tolerate the uncomfortable, scary symptoms with a new attitude– – which is: “This is uncomfortable – – but I’m not in any danger. I can handle this.” And the way to get over agoraphobia is to go toward the situations that scare you and stay put while your panic subsides.
With Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Exposure Therapy at Star Point Counseling Center in Tampa FL, and Brandon FL, you will quickly learn how to manage anxiety symptoms and overcome panic attacks. I will teach you:
What causes and maintains your panic attacks;
How to respond the right way to panic.
How to break the panic cycle.