If you're experiencing episodes of intense fear that come on suddenly, with symptoms like shortness of breath, heart palpitations, sweating, dizziness, nausea, chest pain/tightness, feeling faint/shaky, inability to concentrate or feeling detached from your surroundings, you may be suffering with panic attacks.
Panic attacks can be very frightening, and the feeling of losing control can be debilitating. Physical symptoms can be so intense sometimes that people wonder whether they're having a heart attack or something fatal is about to happen to them.
Some people may have had one or two unexpected panic attacks in their lifetime and the problem hasn't really impacted on their quality of life. These episodes can be triggered in periods of prolonged stress or after experiencing trauma. Some get triggered months or years after a traumatic event has been experienced. But if you've had recurrent panic attacks, or live in constant fear of another attack, it is best for you to seek help. Using medication to manage the problem may help temporarily, but does not address the underlying causes.
Seeking professional support as early as possible stops unhelpful behaviour patterns becoming more entrenched. It also helps to alleviate the ongoing anticipation of another attack and the avoidance of certain situations or activities. Counselling helps you understand what is happening in your mind and body, and teaches you new coping skills to bring peace and harmony back into your life.
So if you're yearning to find that level of comfort again, where you feel more at ease in your everyday life, then don't wait any longer and call for an appointment. We'll help you gain control again by offering you the education, guidance and support you require to get yourself back on track. Sessions are held in a confidential, safe and relaxed environment.