NJ Anxiety & Panic Attack Treatment
Need anxiety or panic attack treatment?
Are certain issues such as fears, social phobia or panic attacks, causing problems in your life? If you’ve been uable to make the necessary changes, therapy can help.
Getting help with your anxiety or fears from a cognitive behavioral therapist CBT can help you find better ways to manage and reduce anxiety. Almost anyone can benefit from seeking professional help from a CBT therapist, whether you are dealing with axiety, depression, or panic attacks.
Panic Attacks and Panic Attack Treatment
What is a panic attack? A type of anxiety disorder, panic attacks strike suddenly and repeatedly. If you suffer from panic attacks, fear grips you. For a few minutes or longer, your heart races, you have tightness in your chest and may be short of breath or feel dizzy.
When fear and panic overwhelm you, it is important to remember panic attack treatment can help. Some people feel like they are having a heart attack, so it is important to see a doctor to rule out any medical conditions that may need to be treated. If you have been to your physician and a medical condition has been ruled out the next step is consulting with a licensed and experienced cognitive behavioral therapist, also referred to as CBT.
Learning to reduce and manage your panic attacks
- Recognize your panic cycle and learn how to modify the body’s emergency physical responses
- Practice calming skills (practice relaxation exercises such as deep breathing, calming your breath, quieting your body)
What are the Treatments for Panic Attacks?
There are a variety of treatments for panic attacks that range from relaxation and meditation techniques to psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), self help and medications.
Stress and Relaxation Exercises – Learn to relieve stress through relaxation and meditation. Exercise, practice controlled breathing, and yoga are all beneficial methods to cope with and reduce panic attacks.
Psychotherapy is a very helpful preventative measure for panic attacks. A trained psychotherapist can help you minimize the fear that grips you during a panic attack and offer the support you need to cope with and overcome panic attacks.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) – For panic attacks, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a highly effective form of treatment. Your therapist will help you focus on thought patterns and behavior that triggers your panic attacks, giving you a more realistic view of your attacks.
Medications – Many types of mdications are prescribed to help people manage panic attacks or alleviate symptoms.
- Antidepressant drugs, such as Zoloft, Prozac, Paxil, Lexapro and Celexa are prescribed to prevent anxiety and reduce the severity and frequency of panic attacks. If your family physician or psychiatrist prescribes antidepressants, it may take 4-6 weeks before they begin to help you.
- Benzodiazepines are anti-anxiety drugs. They act quickly and are prescribed for use during a panic attack. Xanax, Ativan and Klonopin are examples of anti-anxiety drugs. Because benzodiazepines are addictive, only short-term use is recommended by most prescribing psychiatrists or other physicians.
While panic attacks are the most treatable of anxiety disorders, it is important to remember it takes time to for therapy to take effect.
Panic Attack Treatment
When you need help stopping, reduce or manage your panic attacks, call a licensed professional in your area. Anxiety disorders are very treatable and some insurance plans cover part of the cost of cognitive behavioral therapy sessions. Panic attacks can be frightening and make it difficult to function at home or work. Some people cannot leave home, drive, have panic attacks at work, and want help take care of yourself and your family.
Debra Feinberg, LCSW is a cognitive-behavioral therapist who provides therapy for men, women and teenagers coping with panic attacks. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) can help people understand and learn ways to reduce and manage their panic and anxiety attacks.
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Panic Attack Treatment