Panic Attack Therapy
Helping people rapidly overcome Panic Attacks has developed into one of the specialist services offered at the Elite Clinic. Our triple therapy approach has proved to be not only very successful, but also to offer a permanent and speedy solution.
You should know that you are not alone; it has been estimated that up to a third of the population experience at least one panic attack. Most of these adults never develop repeated attacks. This startling data means that an anxiety / panic disorder is the most common emotional disorder on the planet, and is more common than alcohol abuse, or depression. Sadly it also has the lowest rates – about 22% – for suffers seeking and finding help, which is readily available, and usually very successful.
A panic attack can be described as a sudden surge of overwhelming fear that comes without warning and without any obvious reason. It is far more intense than the feeling of being ‘stressed out’ that most people experience. Symptoms of a panic attack include:
- Racing heartbeat
- Difficulty breathing, feeling as though you ‘can’t get enough air’
- Terror that is almost paralysing
- Dizziness, light-headedness, or nausea
- Trembling, sweating, shaking
- Choking, chest pains
- Hot flushes, or sudden chills
- Tingling in fingers or toes (‘pins and needles’)
- Fear that you’re going to go crazy, or are about to die
A recent client of Elite, 29-year-old Susan Hardstone was recently married. Outwardly she appeared to be in perfect health. Then one day, completely out of the blue, her life changed for no apparent reason, and with no warning. At that moment she joined millions of others who suffer with panic attacks on a regular basis.
One Friday morning in February, while she was shopping at a local shopping centre, she suddenly developed an “overwhelming” sensation all over her body; she was sweating and trembling, and felt that her heart was pumping too fast. Within a few seconds, she also suffered from chest pain and shortness of breath. This episode lasted for about 10 minutes, but in her words “felt that this was the worst ten minutes of her life”.
Scared by her experience, she started to stay away from shopping centres and also avoided being anywhere where there may be crowds of people. Because of the frequency of the attacks, Susan found she could no longer function normally: this had a major effect on her job, and she felt it was also starting to have a negative influence on her marriage. Finally she became afraid to leave the house or go to work.
Susan’s experience is typical of someone with Panic Disorder; they develop anxiety attacks associated with the thought that they might die, or develop a stroke, or heart attack. Physical changes such as fast heart beat, shortness of breath; fainting episodes, sweating and trembling are some of the very common accompanying symptoms. There’s a link at the bottom of the page for you to hear a radio interview in which Martin Shirran talks about Susan’s Panic Attacks treatments.
A typical episode usually comes “out of the blue” and is not precipitated by any triggers. It can therefore happen any time and anywhere. An attack can last for a few to several minutes, and often leaves the person feeling very tired.
One episode can make a person feel scared of having another one. In fact, a lot of people feel distressed, anticipating the occurrence of another attack. So most panic attack sufferers prefer to stay at home and isolate themselves from friends, co-workers, and even relatives. Eventually they become incapacitated.
How to Treat Panic Attacks
There are two methods of treating Panic Disorder. The condition can sometimes be treated with an antidepressant drug such as the serotonin-reuptake inhibitors and other prescription drugs. Your doctor would normally undertake a full examination before deciding to prescribe such a drug to you.
The second, and usually preferred, very successful method is CBT therapy based; a triple therapy approach, which incorporates Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and if appropriate, light hypnosis, will offer a usually rapid improvement and a long-term solution. As well as being a drug-free approach, ‘Therapy Based’ solutions are now becoming the preferred option by many professionals; it’s the treatment of choice.
Susan first visited her doctor (which is always recommended by Elite), who confirmed that she was not suffering from any physical condition. She then decided to visit the Elite Clinic in Fuengirola, and within two weeks she felt that she was on the road back to her normal self.
At Elite Clinics we provide treatment for those suffering from Panic Attacks both face to face at the clinic, and very successfully online via, Skype, Zoom or FaceTime.
Potential clients of Elite suffering from Panic Attacks are always invited to the Clinic for a non-obligatory initial consultation. This “call in for a chat” informal meeting usually lasts no more than 15 minutes. Appointments for an informal meeting are not always necessary, but highly recommended. An accompanying friend or relative / partner is always welcome to attend the initial meeting too.
Martin’s Interview about Panic Attacks on OCI Radio
Contact Elite on 951 31 15 91 for an appointment