Treatment for Panic Attacks

Hallie Condit, MSW, LICSW

Kirkland, Washington

(425) 462-2799

Do You Have Symptoms of Panic Attacks?

We provide cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety and panic attacks. Cognitive behavioral treatment has been proven in numerous clinical trials to be an effective method for reducing these symptoms.

Do you experience any of these feelings or sensations?

racing heartbeat
chest pains
tingling in fingers or toes
terror that is almost paralyzing
trembling, sweating, shaking
hot flashes or sudden chills
shortness of breath
fear of losing control of yourself or of "going crazy”

To learn more about how I can help you with these issues, please call
(425) 462-2799.

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Information about Cognitive Behavioral Treatment

You will learn ways of changing the thoughts and behaviors that lead to anxiety. This will help you feel more in control of your feelings and your life.

We will work together to identify and change the thoughts and behaviors that trigger your symptoms. You will be taught how to shift these thoughts to more constructive thoughts.

Weekly homework assignments will be given to practice strategies learned in our sessions. We will also work on relaxation and breathing techniques.

With practice you will find that your symptoms will start to fade. This will inspire you to defeat these problems, and take charge of your life.

Panic disorder involves feelings of terror and dread. People who experience panic attacks often experience physical symptoms such as shortness of breath, palpitations, sweating, and shaking.

Individuals with a panic disorder often develop fears about when and where their next panic attack will occur. As a result, they often restrict their activities.

Why is it important to seek treatment for these problems?

Panic disorder can usually be treated successfully by cognitive behavioral therapy. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, research has demonstrated that both 'behavioral therapy' and 'cognitive therapy' can be highly effective in treating anxiety.

Behavioral therapy involves using techniques to reduce or stop the undesired behavior associated with these symptoms.

For example, one approach involves training clients in relaxation and deep breathing techniques to counteract the agitation and hyperventilation (rapid, shallow breathing) that often accompanies anxiety.

Through cognitive therapy, clients learn to understand how their thoughts contribute to their symptoms. They learn how to change those thought patterns to reduce the likelihood of occurrence and the intensity of reaction.

The client’s increased mental awareness is often combined with behavioral techniques to help the individual gradually confront and tolerate fearful situations in a controlled, safe environment. It is very important to understand that treatments for does not work instantly. The client should be comfortable from the outset with the general treatment being proposed.

Symptoms of anxiety can cause distress and disrupt the lives of people experiencing them. The frequency and intensity of these symptoms can be debilitating. With cognitive behavioral therapy, people with these symptoms can lead normal lives.

Source: American Psychological Association

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