Panic disorder consists of recurrent, disabling thoughts of panic. It can be heightened by anxiety and depression. It feels as though you are having a heart attack and have an overwhelming feeling of danger. These episodes can happen at random times, and you have an overwhelming fear of going to certain places.

• Do you have sudden attacks of anxiety and overwhelming fear that can last for several minutes?
• Is there no pattern or trigger to these feelings of panic?
• Do you isolate yourself or stop yourself from going to places for fear of an “attack”?
• You have an intense worry of when the next panic attack will happen?
• When the “attack” happens you feel completely out of control?

A panic attack may be a one-time occurrence, although many people experience repeat episodes. Recurrent panic attacks are often triggered by a specific situation, such as crossing a bridge or speaking in public—especially if that situation has caused a panic attack before. Usually, the panic-inducing situation is one in which you feel endangered and unable to escape, triggering the body’s fight-or-flight response.

You may experience one or more panic attacks, yet be otherwise perfectly happy and healthy. Or your panic attacks may occur as part of another disorder, such as panic disorder, social phobia, or depression.

Dr Jayne Younie: Panic Attacks

Regardless of the cause, panic attacks are treatable. There are strategies you can use to reduce or eliminate the symptoms of panic, regain your confidence, and bring back balance to your life.

Do you want to be in control of your thoughts and feelings? If so, book an appointment today and let us work together for you to achieve balanced and be back in control of your life.Appointments are conducted via Zoom, phone, or face to face at my clinic in Mudgeeraba, QLD.